Final staff assessment released for Palen solar project

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission staff has released its final environmental analysis concerning the licensing of the proposed Palen Solar Electric Generating System Project.

The final staff assessment (FSA) published September 10 concluded that the proposed 500-megawatt (MW) solar thermal power tower project would have significant environmental impacts in the area of visual resources even with the implementation of staff’s recommended mitigation measures. The project would also not comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS) in the area of visual resources.

Commission staff also found that it is uncertain that recommended measures for avian species mitigate the potential impacts to less than significant in the area of biological resources, according to the FSA.

The FSA is being published in three parts. The cultural resources section, the second part, is scheduled to be published the week of September 16.