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PG&E and Sempra Generation partner on 150 MW solar project

First Solar will supply solar panels on the expansion of the solar complex in Nevada.

By Renewable Energy Focus Staff

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, have entered into a 25-year contract for 150 MW of renewable power from an expansion of Sempra Generation's Copper Mountain solar complex in Nevada.

First Solar will provide the ground-mounted thin-film panels and serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the solar project.

The first 92 MW of solar panels at Copper Mountain Solar 2 are expected to be installed by January 2013, with the remaining 58 MW slated for completion by 2015. Under the terms of the contract, PG&E has the option to accelerate the commercial operation date of the second phase.

Sempra Generation and First Solar have previously teamed-up on the construction of two other large-scale solar projects in Nevada, including Copper Mountain Solar 1. The 48 MW installation was completed in late 2010 and PG&E is currently delivering the power produced at the plant to its customers.

Jeffrey W Martin, President and CEO of Sempra Generation, says: "Copper Mountain Solar 2 is another exciting step forward on our plan to construct 1,000 megawatts of additional renewable capacity by 2015. We couldn't be more pleased to move forward with PG&E and First Solar on our third and largest solar project in Nevada, which will deliver a new supply of clean power to California consumers."

The power supply contract between Sempra Generation and PG&E is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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