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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 04/02/10
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-49

Public Informational Meeting Set for Stirling Energy Solar Two Project Near El Centro


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces a public informational meeting on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS)/staff assessment (SA) prepared by the BLM and California Energy Commission, respectively, for the Stirling Energy Systems (SES) Solar Two Project (also known as Imperial Valley Solar Project) on public land in Imperial County, Calif. 

The informational meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Express, 350 Smoketree Drive, El Centro, CA 92243.  The public is invited to listen to a presentation of the proposed project and an explanation of BLM's processing of the Solar Two Project application, as well as be given the opportunity to provide written comment on the draft EIS/SA.  Oral comments will not be recorded. 

SES has applied for a right-of-way authorization to construct a solar power plant on 6,144 acres of public land about 14 miles west of El Centro.  The proposed 750-megawatt plant would use SunCatcher solar-dish technology designed to automatically track the sun and focus solar energy onto a power conversion unit to generate electricity.  The project also includes a 10.3-mile 230-kilovolt transmission line, substation, water-supply pipeline, and access road.

The BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, and the CEC, as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, have jointly prepared the draft EIS/SA, which is available online at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/nepa/stirling.html or http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/solartwo/documents/index.html.

The public may comment on these documents through May 26, 2010.  Written comments on the draft EIS/SA may be sent to by e-mail to Jim_Stobaugh@blm.gov or by mail to Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520.  You may also send comments to cmeyer@energy.state.ca.us or by mail to Christopher Meyer, Project Manager, Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Division, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-15, Sacramento, CA 95814; or by fax: (818) 597-8001.

Further details can be found at the BLM and CEC web pages cited, or by contacting Jim Stobaugh, BLM project manager, at (775) 861-6478, or Jim_Stobaugh@blm.gov.




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