California Energy Commission Letterhead

Notice of Staff Workshop on
Data Requests for the
Palen Solar Power Project

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop for the proposed Palen Solar Power Project to discuss staff's data requests and to work towards resolving issues. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

The workshop will be held:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Starting at 9:00 am

California Energy Commission
Hearing Room B
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Call-in Number (toll free): 888-790-1918 (pass code: 22666)


The purpose of the workshop is to allow staff, the applicant, interested agencies, and the public to discuss staff's data requests issued on November 30, 2009, and to work towards resolving project issues. Subjects to be discussed include: Alternatives, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources and Soil & Water Resources. Other technical areas of the data requests may be discussed as necessary.


On August 24, 2009, the California Energy Commission received an Application For Certification (AFC) from Solar Millennium, LLC and Chevron Energy Solutions to construct and operate the Palen Solar Power Project in Riverside County.

The Palen Solar Power Project (project) is a concentrated solar thermal electric generating facility with two adjacent, independent, and identical units of 250 megawatt (MW) nominal capacity each for a total nominal capacity of 500 MW. The project is proposed to be located in the Southern California inland desert, approximately 10 miles east of the small community of Desert Center, in eastern Riverside County, California; approximately halfway between the cities of Indio and Blythe; and about three miles east of the southeast end of Joshua Tree National Park. The applicants are seeking a right-of-way grant for approximately 5,200 acres of lands owned by the federal government and administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Construction and operation of the project would disturb a total of about 2,970 acres.


Over the coming months, the Energy Commission will conduct a number of public workshops and hearings to determine whether the proposed project should be approved for construction and operation and, if so, under what set of conditions. The workshops will provide the public as well as local, state and federal agencies the opportunity to participate in reviewing the proposed project. The Energy Commission will issue notices for these workshops and hearings at least ten days prior to the meeting. If you are not currently receiving these notices and wish to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Hilarie Anderson, Project Assistant, at (916) 651-0479, or by email at

If you desire information about participating in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser by phone at (916) 654-4701 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by email at Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Alan Solomon, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 653-8236, or by email at News media inquiries should be directed to (916) 654-4989, or by email at

Date Posted: November 30, 2009

TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Siting, Transmission & Environmental
Protection Division