For Immediate Release: June 23, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop for Calico Solar Project Amendment to be held June 28

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop on the proposed amendment for the Calico Solar Project.

When: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, beginning at 1 p.m.

Where: Fourth Floor Conference Room North A, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend to participate by telephone. Call 1-800-857-5043 and use the passcode: 13980.

Why: The purpose of the workshop is to allow Energy Commission staff, the applicant, other parties, interested agencies, and the public to discuss the scopes of work for the glint and glare study, the hydrology study, and associated work. The studies are required to move the project forward.

What: The new owners of Calico Solar, LLC, K Road Sun, LLC, filed a petition on March 22, 2011 to modify the Calico Solar Project. The proposed amendment would not change the size, boundary, or generating capacity for the project. It would modify the solar collector technology being used on the site.

In December 2010, the Energy Commission licensed the Calico Solar Project as a 663.5-megawatt facility using SunCatcher technology. Under the proposed amendment, the project would generate 100.5 MW from SunCatcher technology and 563 MW from single-axis tracker photovoltaic technology.

The site is in the Mojave Desert near Interstate 40 about 37 miles east of Barstow. The project will be located on 4,613 acres of land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. The BLM approved a right-of-way lease for the original project and will also be processing an amendment to its project approval.

More information on the proposed amendment is at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/compliance/index.html

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