Project Owner
Rice Solar Energy LLC
Docket Number
150 MW
Riverside County
Solar Thermal
Project Status
Facility Closure
Project Type
Application for Certification
Project Description

Rice Solar Energy, LLC, (RSE) a wholly owned subsidiary of SolarReserve, LLC (project owner) had proposed , proposes to construct, own, and operate the Rice Solar Energy Project (RSEP). The RSEP would be a solar generating facility located on a privately owned site in unincorporated eastern Riverside County, California. The proposed project would be capable of producing approximately 450,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually, with a nominal net generating capacity of 150 megawatts (MW). 

On May 31, 2019, the project owner filed a petition with the CEC requesting permanent termination of the license of the facility (TN 228433). RSEP submitted a biological resources mitigation plan required by their conditions of certification with the request to terminate. Before the license could be terminated, RSEP abandoned the biological resources mitigation plan review process. The site is privately owned, and the landowner does not want to restore the land that was disturbed during the installation and removal of the site perimeter fence. 

The RSEP's license required a letter of credit be provided to the CEC if the project owner failed to fulfill its obligation to mitigate for the project’s effects on habitat. CEC exercised its right to the funds at the September 8, 2021, CEC Business Meeting, United States Fish and Wildlife Service was awarded the biological resources mitigation plan funds for desert tortoise restoration at an alternative location. 

Power Plant Certification and Exemption Processes

As required by the Warren-Alquist Act, the Energy Commission monitors Commission-certified energy projects throughout construction, operation, and closure to ensure compliance with the conditions of certification imposed by the Commission’s Final Decision for approving the projects.

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Docket Log (09-AFC-10C)

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