For Immediate Release: November 16, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Public workshop on November 18 to Discuss Ridgecrest Solar Power Project

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

When: Thursday, November 18, 2010, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Where: 4th Floor North, Conference 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. For details, click here:

Why: The workshop is being held to discuss a proposed study plan for 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 proposed study plan.

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 BLM. The project facilities will occupy 1,944 acres.

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 here:

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