At its July 16 meeting, the California Energy Commission approved a license to construct the Victorville II Hybrid Power Project, which is set to occupy 388 acres to generate over 560 MW of combined natural gas and solar electricity. The proposed project in Victorville is planned to begin construction in mid-2008, with operation expected to begin in summer of 2010. Primary equipment for the generating facility would include two 154 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators, a 268 MW steam turbine-generator, and 250 acres of parabolic solar-thermal collectors and associated heat transfer equipment. The solar-thermal collectors are expected to contribute up to 50 MW of the steam turbine-generator\u2019s 268 MW output, with plant auxiliary loads of about 13 MW. Also at its July 16 meeting, the commission unanimously approved a geothermal power agreement between Shoshone Renaissance and Riverside expected to provide 64 MW for the city, moving the municipality toward renewable resources. \u201cIt\u2019s the first contract that will replace coal-fired generation in a city\u2019s portfolio,\u201d said David Vidaver, commission electricity analyst. \u201cWe hope this is the beginning of a number of such contracts,\u201d added commission chair Jackie Pfannenstiel. The first 32 MW phase of construction is expected to be producing energy by early 2010. The second 32 MW unit is due to be online a year later. The agreement is expected to increase the city\u2019s renewable resources portfolio to 33 percent by 2011. Also approved at the meeting were data adequacy recommendations for the Orange Grove Power Plant Project and the Marsh Landing Generating Station. The Orange Grove Energy project is a 96 MW natural gas-fueled plant planned for 8.5 acres in rural northern San Diego County. Construction is planned to begin in spring 2009. The Marsh Landing Generating Station is a planned 930 MW plant slated for construction north of Antioch adjacent to the existing Contra Costa Power Plant. Construction of the $800 million facility could begin in fall 2009, with operations starting in summer 2012.