Mesquite Solar 2 seeks EWG status for 100-MW project in Arizona

Mesquite Solar 2 LLC, which is developing the second phase of a solar project in Arizona, filed on Sept. 18 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

The company will own and operate a solar photovoltaic facility capable of producing approximately 100 MW and associated interconnection facilities (the MS2 Facility) in Maricopa County, Arizona. The output of the MS2 Facility will be sold to an unnamed purchaser for resale pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement.

Also on Sept. 18, Mesquite Solar 3 LLC separately filed a notice with FERC of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator. It will own and operate a solar photovoltaic facility capable of producing approximately 152 MW and associated interconnection facilities (the MS3 Facility) in Maricopa County, Arizona. The output of the MS3 Facility will be sold to an unnamed purchaser for resale pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement.

A listed company contact in both cases is: Daniel A. King, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power LLC, 488 8th Ave. HQ12S1, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 696-4350, daking@semprausgp.com.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on Sept. 14 announced a 100-MW expansion of its Mesquite Solar complex located in Arlington, Arizona, about 60 miles west of Phoenix. When completed in late 2016, the expansion, called Mesquite Solar 2, will produce enough power for 45,000 homes. The entire output of the Mesquite Solar 2 expansion has been sold to Southern California Edison under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The contract is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Construction on Mesquite Solar 2 is expected to begin this fall. The 4,000-acre Mesquite Solar complex is among the largest photovoltaic solar facilities in the U.S. By late 2016, the complex’s initial three phases are expected to produce a total of 400 MW.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions with power plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 600,000 homes. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power companies also operate natural gas storage facilities, pipelines and distribution utilities. The company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

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