Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit

Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit & Expo 2010 Announced

(El Centro, CA) – The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce its 2010 Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit & Expo which will be held March 16-18.  Now in its third year, the summit will take place at the Quechan Casino and Resort in Winterhaven in Imperial Valley, California.

The 2010 theme, “Growing California’s Green Economy,” will center on bringing investments in renewable energy projects and developing a green collar workforce in Imperial Valley.

“With over 40,000 megawatts of renewable energy potential in the Imperial Valley, this region will be the source for much of California’s renewable energy in the near future,” stated Tim Kelley, Executive Director of the IVEDC.  “The goal of this summit is to bring renewable energy developers, investors and educators together to serve the state’s growing needs for green energy, transform its workforce and boost its economy.”

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order in September 2009 requiring the state draw 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like geothermal, solar and wind power by 2020.  With the increased interest of utilities and independent power producers in developing renewable generation in Imperial Valley, this year’s attendance is expected to break 2009 attendance numbers.

The three-day event will include enlightening speakers, exposition, a networking reception and banquet.

California’s Imperial County will be “The Renewable Energy Capital of the World.”

With its vast natural resources and key location, the region is uniquely positioned to develop those resources while also helping the state and entire Southwest meet the demand for renewable energy.

Some of the most promising opportunities for renewable
energy sources include geothermal, solar and biofuels.

Geothermal
With plenty of room for expansion, Imperial County is the second  largest geothermal energy producing county in the nation, generating over 500 megawatts.

By itself, the area surrounding the Salton Sea has the ability to produce over 2,000 megawatts.

Several new geothermal facilities are presently being designed and built in Imperial County.

Solar
Home to over 360 days of annual sunshine and large amounts of private and public lands available for development, Imperial County will soon see the creation of many new solar energy generation projects.

NREL maps identify Imperial County as an ideal location for solar, with most land being less than 1% in slope. (http://www.nrel.gov/)

A number of utility-scale solar generators are in development.

Biofuels
The Imperial Valley contains nearly 500,000 acres of some of the world’s most productive farmland and possesses the largest single water right on the Colorado River (3.1 million acre feet/year).

Our abundant agricultural resources combined with a year-round growing season make this area prime for biofuel production.

Several new ethanol plants are being proposed, using corn, sugarcane or cellulosic technologies.

Other generation concepts being explored include biomass and
biodiesel.

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