For Immediate Release: February 20, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Prehearing conference and evidentiary hearings for
Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 500-megawatt (MW) Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System will hold a prehearing conference and evidentiary hearings.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, beginning at noon for prehearing conference
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m. each day for evidentiary hearings (March 15 will only be held if necessary)

Prehearing conference - Tecopa Community Center, 405 Tecopa Hot Springs Road, Tecopa, California
Evidentiary hearing - Death Valley Academy Gymnasium, 127 Old State Highway, Shoshone, California

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

Why : The prehearing conference will assess the parties' (staff, applicant, and intervenors) readiness for the evidentiary hearings. The committee reviewing the project will identify areas of agreement or dispute and discuss the schedule and procedures needed to conclude the certification process.

The evidentiary hearings will establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide the case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

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 west 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 is 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:

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