News From Solar Trust of America, LLC

The following was distributed by the Governor's Office

April 7, 2010

Office of the Governor



From The Press Enterprise

Don't Derail Solar Projects In The Desert

April 7, 2010

By Josef Eichhammer, CEO of Solar Millennium LLC and President and COO of Solar Trust of America LLC and Uwe T. Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Solar Trust of America LLC

The deserts of Southern California are blessed with sunshine and are among the best places in the world to build solar energy power plants. The region has high solar radiation levels, more than 300 cloudless days per year, and is close to major load centers in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Effectively harnessing and developing this abundant resource is the right thing to do, and it will require both strong political leadership and advanced technology. Today, we ask our leaders in Sacramento to support us as we move forward to put California on the forefront of this movement.

Solar Millennium LLC is developing three solar project sites in Kern and Riverside counties that, once completed, will generate enough electricity to power more than 500,000 California households.


The electricity generated by each plant will prevent a quarter megaton of global warming pollution from being emitted into the atmosphere. This is equivalent to taking about 40,000 cars off the road each year.

Solar energy is a win-win for Southern California, and the tangible economic benefits are critical to the region. The construction and operation of the seven facilities will create thousands of new jobs... as well as millions of dollars in local economic benefits each year...


Southern California's desert regions can lead the drive to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by cultivating safe and renewable energy sources. It will not only protect our nation, but also give a healthy boost to the local economy for years to come. The industry was born here, and we should make sure it stays here.

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814