2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:21:21 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUDS, ENERGY: Patton's Desert Training Center, CA
Solar plant recommended for Patton training plot

If approved, project would use innovative technology

K. Kaufmann
Palm Springs Desert Sun (CA)
November 13, 2010

The stretch of Colorado Desert that Gen. George S. Patton used to train soldiers for desert combat during World War II may soon become a solar plant.

The California Energy Commission on Friday released a recommendation for approval of the project - called the Rice Solar Energy Project - which would put a 150-megawatt solar thermal plant on Patton's old base, about 40 miles northwest of Blythe.

The commission could vote on final approval for the project at a meeting scheduled for Dec. 15. The project will also need approval from the Bureau of Land Management.

SolarReserve LLC of Santa Monica is the project developer. The company's innovative solar thermal technology uses thousands of mirrors, called heliostats, that reflect sunlight onto a concentrator at the top of a central tower.


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Lenny Siegel
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