Almost 50 megawatts of power has been approved near Niland, adding a second Hudson Ranch project.
The 326-acre Hudson Ranch II site — about 3 1/2 miles west-southwest of Niland — will include a power plant, four production wells, brine pipelines and more, county planner Richard Cabanilla said. The project, which was approved by the county Planning Commission on Wednesday morning, has a capacity of 49.9 megawatts.
One megawatt has enough electrical capacity to power 1,000 average California homes, according to the California Energy Commission Web site.
The second site is a carbon copy of Hudson Ranch I, which is under construction next to the proposed site, said James Turner, senior vice president of development for Energy Source. Hudson Ranch I will have the same capacity and is expected to come online in 2012.
The second project is an expensive project, projected to cost $400 million, he said.
While the county Planning Commission voted 5-0 to give a conditional use permit, the decision can be appealed to the Board of Supervisors within 10 days of the decision, said new Planning and Development Services Director Armando Villa.
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