California commission terminates review for 500-MW Hidden Hills solar project

The committee at the California Energy Commission reviewing an application for the Hidden Hills solar project, acting on a May 29 request from two BrightSource Energy affiliates, on June 3 officially terminated that review process.

The May 29 request came from Hidden Hills Solar I LLC and Hidden Hills Solar II LLC and involves a 2011 Application for Certification (AFC) for the 500-MW Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System.

“The Committee directs that the Application for Certification proceeding for the Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System be terminated,” said the June 3 order. “The docket in this case (No. 11-AFC-02) shall be closed.”

On April 8, the applicant companies had filed a petition for continued suspension of the AFC proceeding for this project. On April 16, Energy Commission staff asked to terminate the proceeding for failure by the developer to pursue the application with due diligence.

The developer had proposed to build two power towers, solar fields, and associated facilities to generate 270 MW (gross) each (250 MW net), for a total net output of 500 MW. HHSEGS would be located on approximately 3,277 acres of privately-owned land in Inyo County, California, adjacent to the Nevada border. The project site is approximately 18 miles south of Pahrump, Nevada, and 45 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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