Renewable Energy Summit Kicks Off on High Note

By Jim Predmore

The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation held a press conference at the Barbara Worth Resort on Monday evening to preview their 6th annual Renewable Energy Summit.

Mr. Tim Kelley the IVEDC, CEO addressed the media and some of the developers by announcing that the Hudson Ranch Power I geothermal power plant started operating on Friday March 9th at noon. The Hudson Ranch Power plant (a $350,000,000 project) created 350 jobs during the construction process and used a contractor from Holtville, Performance Mechanical Contractors, (PMC). Mr. Kelley also gave a brief update of all of the other projects that have been constructed or about to begin construction.

There are currently 34 Solar-PV, 1 wind, and 3 geothermal projects that are either up and running or in final planning stages through out the Imperial Valley.

The three day event starts out on Tuesday with their first Golf Tournament at 8:00 am and then a Bus Tour to view the projects in the Imperial Valley.  The Exhibit Hall Opens at 4:30 pm and the program start at 5:30 pm, followed by two more days filled with information on renewable energy. The spotlight will be on Wednesday with the Networking Mixer at 5:00 pm followed by the Banquet featuring the Keynote Speaker at 7:00 pm.

For more information you can visit the IVEDC website at