For Immediate Release: April 19, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop to be held April 26 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: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or end of discussion)

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

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the workshop to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 4: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/notices/2012-04-26_Workshop_Notice.pdf

Why: The workshop is being held so that staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested agencies, and the public can discuss technical areas including biological resources, land use, socioeconomics, traffic & transportation, transmission system engineering, water resources, and visual resources.

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

The project consists of two 250-MW solar thermal power plants. The project would be located on 3,277 acres of private 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 northwest of Las Vegas. The transmission line and the natural gas pipeline would be located in Nevada on public land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Each plant would use about heliostats - elevated mirrors guided by a tracking system mounted on a pylon - to focus the sun's rays on a receiver located atop of a 750-foot tall solar power tower near the center of the each solar field. About 85,000 heliostats would be used for each plant.

The capital cost for the project is estimated to exceed $2.7 billion. The project would 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 the project is approved, construction would be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014 or the first quarter of 2015. Commercial operation of the first solar plant would begin the first quarter of 2015, with the second solar plant starting operation in the second quarter of 2015.

More information on the Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/

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