San Francisco, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved its four new renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPA). The four projects — three utility-scale solar and one geothermal — will generate approximately 585 megawatts (MW) of electricity for PG&E’s customers in northern and central California.
The first of PG&E’s four contracts is with Solel for a 553-MW solar thermal project to be located in California’s Mojave Desert. PG&E also announced two utility-scale photovoltaic solar power projects with Cleantech America, Inc. and GreenVolts, Inc. respectively. These two projects combined will deliver up to 7 MW of energy and will be completed in 2009. The fourth approved contract is with Western GeoPower Corp. for approximately 25 MW of geothermal energy from The Geysers Geothermal Field.“As we look toward a carbon constrained future, we recognize the need to utilize a variety of renewable energy sources to meet our climate goals,” said Fong Wan, vice president of energy procurement at PG&E. “We’re thrilled the CPUC has approved these renewable contracts and look forward to partnering with them as we continue to deliver more clean energy to our customers.”