Secretary Salazar to Break Ground on World's Largest Solar Power Facility

Office of the Secretary

Marks Major Milestone in Nation's New Energy Frontier


BLYTHE, CA — On Friday, June 17, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. will join local officials and representatives from Solar Trust of America to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the Blythe Solar Power Project, the world's largest solar power facility to be built on public lands. Located eight miles west of Blythe in Riverside County, California, the 1,000 MW project will generate enough electricity to power 300,000-750,000 homes upon completion.

Expected to create over 1,000 jobs during peak construction and close to 300 permanent jobs when fully operational, the Blythe Solar Power Project marks a major milestone in the nation's march toward a renewable energy economy.

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor of California

Bob Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management

John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources

Joseph DeConinck, Mayor of Blythe

Uwe T. Schmidt, Solar Trust CEO

Christoph Wolff, CEO of Solar Millennium AG
Blythe Solar Power Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

Friday, June 17th, 2011

11:00 a.m. PDT
*shuttles to the event site will depart at 9:00 a.m. from the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Span in Indian Wells, CA; please RSVP for a spot.

*media unable to attend in person, may listen-in by via teleconference call

Dial-in #: 1-800-475-0509

Passcode: SOLAR

Media interested in attending, please RSVP and meet at the following location for transportation to the event site.

* Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa

44-400 Indian Wells Lane

Indian Wells, CA 92210-8708
Media interested in attending, please RSVP to Andrea Elliott at 510-501-9506