For Immediate Release: October 25, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Site visit and public informational hearing to be held November 3 for
Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission siting committee reviewing the proposed Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project will hold a site visit and public informational hearing.

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011, beginning at noon

Where: Tecopa Community Center, 400 Tecopa Hot Springs Road, Tecopa, California

Before the hearing, the public is invited to join the committee on a tour of the proposed site which starts at noon. Transportation to the site will leave the community center at 11:15 a.m. The hearing begins at 1:30 p.m.

Reservations for the site visit should be made before October 31 by contacting the Commission's Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or email

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 8:

Why: The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to obtain information, offer comments, identify areas of environmental concern to be addressed during the review of the project, and to view the project site. The applicant will explain the plans for the project. The Commission staff will explain the licensing process and the staff's role in reviewing the project.

The hearing will also serve as an environmental scoping meeting for the project. The staff and applicant are required to file a proposed schedule for conducting the certification process. The staff will file an identification report summarizing any potential issues. During the meeting, the parties will indicate whether anticipated data responses would resolve issues of concerns that may be raised in the staff's report.

What: The 500-megawatt 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 for the project is Hidden Hills Solar Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of BrightSource Energy, Inc. 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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