For Immediate Release: July 22, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary Hearing July 26 for Imperial Valley Solar Project

Sacramento – The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the 750-megawatt Imperial Valley Solar Power Project will hold an evidentiary hearing. The public is invited to participate. Due to the absence of a state budget, the hearings will be conducted in Sacramento, rather than in El Centro as previously planned.

When: Monday, July 26, 2010, beginning at 10:00 am and if needed, on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, beginning at 9:00 am

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

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing in person to alternatively participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, please click the following link and scroll to pg. 6.

In an effort to allow interested citizens to gather and participate in the hearing, the Commission's Public Adviser will provide access to the Sacramento hearing at San Diego Gas and Electric's Renewable Energy Resource Center at 1425 W. Main Street in El Centro California. Remote access to the Commission's hearings will be provided.

Why: The purpose of the hearing is to 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.

Who: After the hearings, the committee reviewing the Imperial Valley Solar Project will consider the recommendations presented by staff, applicant, interveners, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full five-member Energy Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

What: The Imperial Valley Solar Project is being developed by Imperial Valley Solar, LLC in Imperial County, California largely on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approximately 100 miles east of San Diego, 14 miles west of El Centro, and approximately four miles east of Ocotillo. The primary equipment for the generating facility would include approximately 30,000 25-kilowatt solar dish Stirling systems, or "SunCatchers", consisting of a solar receiver heat exchanger and a closed-cycle, high efficiency engine designed to convert solar power to rotary power, then driving an electrical generator to produce grid-quality electricity.

For additional details on the Imperial Valley Solar Project, click on:

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