For Immediate Release: August 23, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop on August 24 and Evidentiary Hearing on August 25
for Calico Solar Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 850-megawatt Calico Solar Project in San Bernardino County will hold a workshop on August 24 and an evidentiary hearing on August 25.

When: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 and Wednesday, August 25, 2010, beginning at 1 p.m. on both days.

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

For those unable to attend the hearing, you may participate by telephone and/or by computer.
See details on the August 24 workshop.
See details on the August 25 hearing.

Why: The purpose of the workshop is to discuss topics including biological resources, cultural resources, and traffic and transportation. Since the August 18 evidentiary hearing was continued to August 25, the workshop was scheduled to allow the parties to attempt to resolve issues prior to the hearing.

The purpose of the evidentiary 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.

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 proposed project is here: energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/

For more information on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Executive Order to advance California's Renewables Portfolio Standard, go to: http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/13273

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