For Immediate Release: September 7, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Workshop on September 9 for Calico Solar Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff will hold a workshop on the proposed 850-megawatt Calico Solar Project.

When: Thursday, September 9, 2010, beginning at 10 a.m.

Where: California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

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

Why: The purpose of the workshop is to respond to the order from the committee reviewing the Calico Solar Project requiring that alternative project designs be discussed. The project initially had been proposed on 8,230 acres, but the applicant, Calico Solar, LLC, had agreed to reduce it to 6,215.

The committee indicated that they could not recommend approval of the proposed project because of the scope and scale of high quality habitat affecting desert tortoises and bighorn sheep that would be lost to construct and operate the facility. The committee is willing to consider further evidence on project proposals with reduced footprints that exclude the highest quality tortoise habitat, according to the September 3 committee order.

A committee conference has been scheduled for September 20 to take comments and recommendations from the parties about further proceedings on the project.

What: The Calico Solar Project is being developed by Calico Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of Tessera Solar, in San Bernardino County, California on 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 be 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:

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

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