For Immediate Release: November 16, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Workshop to be held November 18 for Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop for the proposed Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project.

When: Friday, November 18, 2011, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room B, 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 link and scroll to page 4:

Why: The workshop is being held so that staff, the applicant, interested agencies, and the public can discuss data responses and data requests related to several areas including biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomics, visual resources, and water resources. Other technical areas may be discussed if needed.

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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