WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The California Energy Commission has agreed to extend, until April 3, 2015, its suspension of a review proceeding for the 500-MW Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating project.
Hidden Hills Solar Holdings LLC, an affiliate of BrightSource Energy LLC, had on April 11 requested the extension of a suspension that had been due to expire on April 3. The company didn't say why the continued suspension is needed. The commission on May 6 agreed to the extension, requiring that the company file quarterly status reports beginning Oct. 1, 2014.
In August 2011, Hidden Hills Solar Holdings had submitted its application for certification (AFC) to construct and operate the Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System (HHSEGS). HHSEGS would generate in total 500 MW (net) from two plants located on about 3,277 acres in Inyo County, Calif., right next to the Nevada border. The project site is approximately eight miles south of Pahrump, Nevada, and approximately 45 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. The project companies are Hidden Hills Solar I LLC and Hidden Hills Solar II LLC.
On April 3, 2013, following all discovery, analysis and hearing phases of the HHSEGS AFC licensing proceeding, including evidentiary hearings, and just prior to the commencement of the proposed decision phase, the company filed a notice of suspension.
Commission staff on April 28 said the company should offer future updates on various things, including:
HHSEGS will be made up of two solar fields and associated facilities: the northern solar plant (Solar Plant 1) and the southern solar plant (Solar Plant 2). Each solar plant will generate 270 MW (gross) and 250 MW (net). Each solar plant will use heliostats, which are elevated mirrors guided by a tracking system mounted on a pylon. This system focuses the suns rays on a solar receiver steam generator (SRSG) atop a solar power tower near the center of each solar field.
This article was originally published on GenerationHub and was republished with permission.
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