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Solar Power Developers Withdraw Application
For Utility-Scale Project in Riverside County

Oct. 3, 2014, 4:00 AM

Palen Solar Holdings LLC has withdrawn an application with the California Energy Commission for a 500-megawatt solar thermal electric generation plant on 3,800 acres of desert land in Riverside County.

The move by Oakland-based BrightSource LLC and its partner, Abengoa Solar S.A., comes after the Energy Commission earlier in September approved a scaled-down version of the project.

“After carefully reviewing the proposed decision recommending approval of one tower, we determined it would be in the best interest of all parties to bring forward a project that would better meet the needs of the market and energy consumers,” Joseph Desmond, senior ...