For Immediate Release: February 7, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop to be held February 11 for the Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission staff will be holding a workshop for the proposed Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System.

When: Monday, February 11, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m.

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 computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 5: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/notices/2013-02-11_Notice_of_Workshop_TN-69342.pdf

Why: The purpose of the workshop is to allow staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested agencies, and the public to discuss biological resources, specifically applicant's data responses related to solar power intensity and the potential impacts to birds and bats. The workshop will discuss a study conducted in Dimona, Israel with the study's author. The applicant had presented the study at an August 2012 workshop.

No other issues are scheduled for the workshop, but there will be opportunity for public comment at the workshop.

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

The proposed 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 $2.2 billion. If the project is approved, construction would take about 29 months with work scheduled to start the second quarter of 2013 and end the fourth quarter of 2015. The two solar plants would be constructed concurrently, with a planned three-month delay between their commercial operation dates. The project would require an average of 1,087 workers during construction, with a peak of 2,293 in the 19th month. Once the project is operational, 100 workers would be needed, according to the applicant.

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

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