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


Public Workshop on September 9 to Discuss Ridgecrest Solar Power Project

What: The staff of the California Energy Commission staff and the federal Bureau of Land Management will jointly hold a public workshop for the proposed 250-megawatt Ridgecrest Solar Power Project in northeastern Kern County.

When: Thursday, September 9, 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 workshop is being held to discuss the scope of a two-year, habitat connectivity study for the Mohave ground squirrel in and around the proposed Ridgecrest Solar Power Project site. The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public and other interested parties to present questions and comments on the study.

Solar Millennium, LLC is proposing to construct the project in the high northern Mojave Desert in northeastern Kern County about five miles southwest of the city of Ridgecrest. The project right-of-way will extend across approximately 3,995 acres of public lands managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The project facilities will occupy 1,944 acres.

The project will use parabolic trough solar thermal technology to produce electrical power using a steam turbine generator fed from a solar steam generator. The solar steam generators receive heated heat transfer fluid from solar thermal equipment comprised of arrays of parabolic mirrors that collect energy from the sun.

More information on the proposed project is here:

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