A proposed license for a one-of-a-kind $450 million hybrid solar-thermal\/natural gas power plant advanced April 11. The California Energy Commission ruled that the project proponent's application was "data adequate." The 563 MW project by the city of Victorville would provide power for a growing industrial and warehouse complex at the Southern California Logistics Center and Airport. The center, which lies on the former George Air Force Base site, is home to industries and sprawling distribution centers that use its easy links to air, rail, and highway transportation for moving goods to market. It also is close to the bustling ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. To attract businesses, the city of Victorville in 2003 formed a new greenfield municipal utility to supply low-cost power to businesses that move into the area, said Yvonne Hester, city spokesperson. The proposed power plant would cover 388 acres in the Mohave Desert area. It would consist of a solar-assisted combined-cycle power plant that includes two 154 MW gas-fired turbines, plus a 268 MW steam turbine. Steam would be made both by recovering heat from the pair of gas-fired turbines and by using 250 acres of parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight on the steam generator. Sunlight reflected off the mirrors would make enough steam to create 50 MW of power output. It is expected to take the Energy Commission one year to issue a license for the project if it passes muster. Victorville hopes to begin building the plant in the summer of 2008 and begin operating it by the summer of 2010.