For Immediate Release: October 25, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary hearing for Palen Solar Power Project to be held October 27

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 500-megawatt Palen Solar Power Project will hold an evidentiary hearing. The public is invited to participate.

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, beginning at 10 a.m.

Where: Hearing Room #102, Bonderson Building, 901 P 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 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. Testimony and evidence will be taken on the topics of air quality, alternatives, biological resources, and soil & water resources.

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 Palen Solar Power 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 in eastern Riverside County. 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 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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