BrightSource Energy, LLC Solar Thermal Power Plant Project ("Hidden Hills")

Brightsource is proposing to build a 500-megawatt Solar Thermal Power Plant project on approximately 3,500 acres in Charleston View, north of Old Spanish Trail adjacent to Nevada.  The project consists of constructing two 750-foot tall towers surrounded by 85,000 heliostats (mirrors on a pylon), generators, and related infrastructure.  The power will be sold to Nevada and transmitted via a transmission line.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is processing the application pursuant to the Warren Alquist Act.  The applicant had applied for a General Plan Amendment and Zone Reclassification with Inyo County.

UPDATE: BrightSource Energy withdrew their application from Inyo County on June 18, 2013.

On April 3, 2013, BrightSource Energy suspended their permit application with the CEC putting the project on hold. 



Notice of Suspension



Inyo County Testimony