For Immediate Release: October 19, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Workshops for Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project
to be held
October 21 and October 27

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff will hold workshops on the proposed 500-megawatt Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project. The public is invited to participate.

When: Friday, October 21, 2011, 10 a.m. to noon
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: October 21 - Second Floor Main Conference Room, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

October 27 - Tecopa Community Center, 400 Tecopa Hot Springs Road, Tecopa, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the workshops to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For October 21 workshop, click here:

For October 27 workshop, click here:

Why: The purpose of the October 21 workshop is to allow staff, the applicant, interested agencies, and the public to discuss the project, scheduling issues, and interagency cooperation related to biological resources for the project.

The October 27 workshop will focus on the project, scheduling issues, and interagency cooperation in connection to land use, socioeconomics, alternatives, and traffic and transportation.

Other technical areas of the proposed project may be discussed at the workshops if necessary and if time permits.

What: The applicant for the project is Hidden Hills Solar Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of BrightSource Energy, Inc. The project will be located on 3,277 acres of privately owned land leased in Inyo County next to the Nevada border. The project site is about eight miles southeast of Pahrump, Nevada and about 45 miles west of Las Vegas. Transmission and natural gas pipeline alignments will be located in Nevada, primarily on land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The applicant will be constructing two separate 250-megawatt solar thermal power plants, each with its own solar field of about 85,000 heliostats and a 750-foot tall solar power tower. The plant will use heliostats, which are elevated mirrors guided by a tracking system mounted on a pylon, to focus the sun's rays on a solar receiver steam generator atop a power tower near the center of the solar field.

The capital cost for the project is estimated to exceed $2.7 billion. The project will create 1,087 jobs at the peak of the 29-month construction period, with another 120 full-time jobs when the project is operational.

If approved by the Energy Commission, construction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014 or the first quarter of 2015. Commercial operation of the first solar plant would be in the first quarter of 2015, with the second solar plant operating in the second quarter of 2015.

More information on the Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project is available at:

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