For Immediate Release: August 16, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary Hearing on August 18 for Calico Solar Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 850-megawatt Calico Solar Project in San Bernardino County will hold an evidentiary hearing to discuss a range of topics including cultural resources and traffic and transportation. The public is invited to participate.

When: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, beginning at 9 a.m.

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

For those unable to attend the hearing, you may participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click here:

Why: The purpose of the hearing is to establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide the case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding. Topics scheduled to be discussed at the August 18 hearing include cultural resources, traffic and transportation, biology, glint and glare, worker safety/fire protection, and soil and water.

Who: After the hearing, the committee reviewing the project will consider the recommendations presented by staff, applicant, interveners, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

What: The Calico Solar Project is being developed by Calico Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of Tessera Solar, in San Bernardino County, California on approximately 6,275 acres of land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The project site is along Interstate 40 approximately 37 miles east of Barstow.

The primary equipment for the generating facility would include approximately 34,000, 25-kilowatt solar dish Stirling systems, or "SunCatchers." Each SunCatcher consists of a solar receiver heat exchanger and a closed-cycle, high-efficiency engine designed to convert solar power to rotary power, then driving an electrical generator to produce grid-quality electricity.

More information on the Calico Solar Project is available at

For more information on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance California's Renewables Portfolio Standard, go to:

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