San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced plans for the largest solar power project in San Diego, with an initial target of developing 70 MW to 80 MW of solar electricity.
The utility says about two-thirds of the systems will be utility-owned, and the remainder will be customer- or third-party-owned. Combined, the installations could be enough to power more than 50,000 homes.
‘We hope this innovative SDG&E program sparks a dynamic public-private partnership to dramatically increase the use of solar power here in San Diego,’ says Michael R. Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission.
SDG&E will employ technology featuring solar-tracking capabilities, which will enable the photovoltaic panels to produce substantially more power during system peak energy demand. The utility will work with a variety of suppliers and installers on the projects, which will be located at SDG&E's own facilities, as well as at retail and commercial parking lots, county landfills and other suitable sites.