The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s (PG&E) 25-year contract to purchase 150 MW of solar power from Sempra Generation's Copper Mountain Solar 2 project in Boulder City, Nev.
With state regulatory approval of the contract secured, Sempra Generation has announced that construction on the 1,100-acre solar plant will begin this year. The first 92 MW of solar panels at Copper Mountain Solar 2 are expected to be installed by year-end 2012, with the remaining 58 MW slated for completion by 2015.Â
Under the terms of the contract, PG&E has the option to accelerate the commercial operation date of the second phase. First Solar will provide the ground-mounted thin-film panels and serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project.