For Immediate Release: March 1, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop on March 5 for Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System

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

When : Tuesday, March 5, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m. (The workshop may be continued to Wednesday, March 6 if discussions are not concluded, and it appears that issues could be resolved with an additional workshop.)

Where : California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, 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 5:

http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/notices/2013-03-05_workshop_notice_TN-69644.pdf

Why : The workshop is being held to allow staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested agencies, and the public the opportunity to discuss technical issues in an attempt to resolve issues and come to agreement before evidentiary hearings, which start on March 12 in Shoshone, California.

Among the issues scheduled for the workshop are: hazardous materials management; noise and vibration; paleontological resources; general conditions; socioeconomics; soils and surface water; transmission line safety and nuisance; transmission system engineering; water supply; worker safety/fire protection; and solar flux.

There will be opportunity for public comment.

What: BrightSource Energy, Inc. is the applicant for the 500-megawatt (MW) 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:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/index.html

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