For Immediate Release: June 5, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshops to be held June 14 and June 27 for Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff will conduct two workshops for the proposed Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System project.

When: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
            Wednesday, June 27, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Pahrump Public Library, 701 East Street, Pahrump, Nevada - June 14
             Home Street Middle School Library, 730 Home Street, Bishop, California - June 27

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the workshops to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to pages 9 and 10: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/notices/2012-05-25_notice_of_availability_PSA_and_workshops_TN-65443.pdf

Why: The workshops are being held to discuss the project's preliminary staff assessment (PSA), which was released May 25. Commission staff will revise the PSA where needed and issue a final staff assessment based on the workshop discussions, written comments about the PSA, and additional information that will be gathered. The following technical topics, among others, will be discussed during the workshops:

  • June 14 - traffic/transportation, water supply, fire protection, visual resources
  • June 27 - biology, cultural resources, land use, socioeconomics, air quality

What: The applicant for the 500-megawatt (MW) solar thermal power project is Hidden Hills Solar Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of BrightSource Energy, Inc. The proposed project consists of two 250-MW solar thermal power plants. Each plant would have about 85,000 elevated mirrors used to focus the sun's rays on a solar receiver that produces steam to generate electricity. The solar receiver is located atop a 750-foot tall power tower near the center of each solar field.

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 south 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.

The capital cost for the project is estimated to be $2.7 billion. If the project is approved, construction would be completed by the third or fourth quarter of 2015. Commercial operation of the first solar plant would begin the third quarter of 2015, with the second solar plant starting operation in the fourth quarter of 2015. The project would require an average of 637 workers during the 29-month construction period, with a peak of 1,033 needed during the 14th month. Once the project is operational, 120 workers would be needed.

More information on the Hidden Hills project is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/

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