Sempra completes 92-MW solar project near Las Vegas

A subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) has completed the first phase, 92 MW, of a major new solar photovoltaic project in Nevada.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power reported Dec 11 that it completed the first phase of the Copper Mountain Solar 2 facility, located in Boulder City, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

Boulder City was founded in the Nevada desert largely to house workers for another energy project, the mammoth Hoover Dam.

As for Copper Mountain, construction on the 1,100-acre site began in December 2011 and created about 630 jobs at the peak of construction.  The power generated at Copper Mountain Solar 2 is being sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 25-year contract. The power customer is a utility subsidiary of PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG).

When completed in 2015, the second-phase of Copper Mountain Solar 2 will produce an additional 58 MW, bringing the total output to 150 MW.

In addition to the first phase of Copper Mountain Solar 2, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power also developed 58MW of solar power at Copper Mountain Solar 1 in Boulder City.

“Copper Mountain Solar 2 is the third major solar project in Boulder City that Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has completed in the past five years,” Jeffrey W. Martin, president and CEO of the Sempra subsidiary said in a news release.

“Sempra has been a great partner in turning Boulder City’s vision of a dedicated solar energy zone into a reality,” said Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions. Sempra is developing a significant fleet of wind and solar projects nationally.

In California, the Los Angeles City Council has approved a plan for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to buy electricity from expansion of the Copper Mountain expansion.

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