Sempra Generation says that, through a subsidiary, it has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) to sell 150 MW of solar power produced at its Mesquite Solar I project.
Mesquite Solar I is the first phase of Sempra Generation's planned Mesquite Solar complex in Arlington, Ariz., located about 40 miles west of Phoenix. Sempra Generation controls sufficient land to build up to 600 MW of solar power at the site. The solar installation will connect to the power grid at the nearby Hassayampa switchyard.
Construction on Mesquite Solar I is expected to begin in 2011, creating approximately 300 construction jobs at its peak and as many as 10 long-term positions to operate the facility. The project is expected to be completed in early 2013.
The PPA is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.
SOURCE: Sempra Generation