Tessera Solar Receives Certification For 850 MW Solar Project


Following the recent launch of Stirling Energy Systems' (SES) solar project development company, Tessera Solar, the application for certification (AFC) for the company's 850 MW solar generation project, Calico (Solar One), has been deemed ‘data-adequate’ by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

Data adequacy is a key step in the CEC permitting process and initiates the CEC's 12-month timeline to complete processing of the Calico (Solar One) project, according to Tessera Solar.

According to Bob Lukefahr, CEO of Tessera Solar North America, the company remains on track to have the initial phase of more than 1,500 MW of new solar projects shovel-ready and into construction by next year. ‘We expect to begin construction next year, once our sister company, Stirling Energy Systems, begins full-scale commercial production of their breakthrough SunCatcher solar power system,’ he says.

The facility will be located on 8,200 acres in San Bernardino County, east of Barstow, in the Mojave Desert. The Calico (Solar One) AFC was submitted to the CEC on Dec. 1, 2008. The 5,000-page application addresses potential issues related to developing the project including environmental, biological and workforce impacts.

SES has a power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison for the output of the Calico (Solar One) project, which will be constructed in two phases and include 34,000 SunCatcher dishes.

SOURCE: Stirling Energy Systems

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