CPUC Approves Five CPV Power Purchase Agreements

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a five-project renewable energy contract for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

The CPUC approved 25-year power purchase agreements for SDG&E with LanEast Solar Farm LLC, LanWest Solar Farm LLC, Desert Green Solar Farm LLC, Rugged Solar LLC and Tierra Del Sol Solar Farm LLC. The projects will be located in Boulevard and Borrego Springs, Calif. Energy deliveries from the projects are anticipated to begin in 2014.

The five concentrating PV (CPV) facilities are expected to provide a combined 114 MW of capacity and an estimated 280 GWh of energy annually. The facilities will use Soitec's Concentrix CPV technology and will source the modules from a new Soitec manufacturing plant that will be located in the San Diego region.

The contract will help SDG&E meet California's renewable portfolio standard, which requires the utilities to meet 33% of their electricity needs from renewables by Dec. 31, 2020.

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