Regulators approve 25-year renewable power contract for Sempra Generation solar power plant

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Regulators approve 25-year renewable power contract for Sempra Generation solar power plant

Sempra Generation announced that the California Public
Utilities Commission approved Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s 25-year
contract to purchase 150megawatts (MW) of renewable power from Sempra Generation’s
Copper Mountain Solar 2 project in Boulder City, Nev.


Sempra Generation will begin the construction
on the 1,100-acre solar plant this year and is expected to complete the first
92 MW of solar panels by year-end 2012. The project will be fully developed by
2015.


Under the terms of the contract, PG&E can start the
commercial operation date of the second phase.


“Copper Mountain Solar 2 represents another big step
forward for Sempra Generation as we continue growing our portfolio of
contracted renewable energy assets throughout the U.S.,” said Jeffrey
W. Martin, president and chief executive officer of Sempra Generation.


Copper Mountain Solar 2 will produce enough zero-emission
electricity to power about 45,000 homes when fully developed. First Solar will
provide the ground mounted thin film panels and serve as the engineering,
procurement and construction contractor for the solar project.

 

“PG&E is working hard on behalf of our customers
to meet California’s aggressive clean energy goals. Copper Mountain Solar
2 represents a significant step toward those goals. It increases our diverse
renewable power portfolio, and will help us deliver more safe, reliable and
affordable electricity to our customers throughout northern and
central California,” said Fong Wan, senior vice president for
procurement for PG&E.


By GreentechLead.com Team
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