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


Public workshop to be held September 27 on Palen Solar Power Project

What: California Energy Commission staff will hold a public workshop for the proposed 500-megawatt Palen Solar Power Project in eastern Riverside County.

When: Monday, September 27, 2010, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Third Floor Conference Room "Fishbowl", California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone. For details, click the following link:

Why: The workshop is being held to discuss the revised staff assessment (RSA) for the proposed Palen Solar Power Project. Part 1 of the RSA was published September 1, 2010, while Part 2 of the RSA was published September 16, 2010.

The project, which is being developed by Solar Millennium, LLC and Chevron Energy Solutions, would be located about 10 miles east of Desert Center and about halfway between the cities of Indio and Blythe. The applicants are seeking a right-of-way grant for approximately 5,200 acres of land managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Construction and operation of the project would take up about 2,970 acres.

The Palen Solar Power Project is a concentrated solar trough thermal electric generating facility with two adjacent, independent, and identical units of 250 megawatts each for a total capacity of 500 megawatts. The proposed project would use parabolic trough technology where parabolic mirrors are used to heat a transfer fluid which is then used to generate steam. Electricity is produced from the steam expanding through steam turbine generators.

More information on the proposed project is at:

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