For Immediate Release: June 6, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Committee hearing to be held June 8 on Calico Solar Project Amendment


Sacramento - The California Energy Commission's siting committee will hold a hearing on the proposed amendment for the Calico Solar Project.

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2011, beginning at 2 p.m.

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link and scroll to page 3: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/compliance/notices/2011-06-08_Committee_Hearing_Notice.pdf

Why: The siting committee will hold a hearing of oral arguments on Energy Commission jurisdiction and environmental baseline issues. The hearing will also address the Sierra Club's motion to dismiss the petition to amend the Calico project.

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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