San Diego, December 15, 2011 — The California Public Utilities Commission approved Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s 25-year contract to purchase 150 MW of renewable power from Sempra Generation's Copper Mountain Solar 2 project in Boulder City, Nev.
With state regulatory approval of the contract secured, Sempra Generation announced that construction on the 1,100-acre solar plant will begin this year.
The first 92 MW of solar panels at Copper Mountain Solar 2 are expected to be installed by year-end 2012, 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.
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.