RAW: Hearings set for big solar energy project near Death Valley
The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed 500-megawatt (MW) Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System will hold two additional days of evidentiary hearings.
When: Monday, March 18, 2013 and Tuesday, March 19, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m. (March 19 will only be held if necessary)
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 4:
Why: 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.
Evidentiary hearings are scheduled to start on March 12 in Shoshone, California. More info about the hearings in Shoshone can be found here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/notices/2012-12-21_Noti...
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: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hiddenhills/
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