Arizona officials gather for May 10 dedication of Sempra solar project

Arizona state and community leaders joined Sempra U.S. Gas & Power officials and community leaders on May 10 to dedicate the 150-MW first phase of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Mesquite Solar facility.  

Located in Arlington, Ariz., about 40 miles west of Phoenix, Mesquite Solar 1 is part of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s 4,000-acre Mesquite Solar complex, with the potential to build out up to 700 MW of capacity. The Mesquite Solar Complex is well-positioned to be North America’s largest photovoltaic solar power installation, Sempra noted.

“This is a shining moment for the state of Arizona as it continues to establish itself as a renewable energy leader,” said Kevin Sagara, vice president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “There is so much to be proud of here. Our project would not have been possible without all the tremendous support we received at the federal, state and local level.”  

Construction on Mesquite Solar 1 began in June 2011. The solar project provided a boost to the local economy by creating more than 500 local construction jobs at peak along with 10 long-term positions. The plant was completed in December 2012 and now generates enough emission-free electricity for about 56,000 homes.  

The renewable power from Mesquite Solar 1 is sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year contract. 

Completion of Mesquite Solar 1 brings Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s operating solar portfolio up to 300 MW. The company has another 308 MW under construction at its Copper Mountain Solar 2 and Copper Mountain Solar 3 facilities in Boulder City, Nev.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions. The company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

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