PG&E & Sempra Sign 10-MW Thin-film PPA

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it has entered into a long-term agreement with El Dorado Energy LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sempra Generation, to purchase 10 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic solar energy from Sempra Generation’s new El Dorado Energy Solar facility in Nevada.

The El Dorado Energy solar facility is located on 80 acres adjacent to Sempra Generation’s existing gas-fired power plant in Boulder City, Nevada. Power deliveries to PG&E are expected to begin by January 1, 2009. The project will generate up to 23.2 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy annually.

“Solar energy is a reliable and environmentally-friendly way to help meet California’s peak energy demands,” said Jack Keenan, COO for PG&E. “Through our partnership with Sempra Generation, we will significantly increase the amount of solar energy we provide to our customers in 2009.”

First Solar Inc. announced in July that it would build the 10-MW plant for Sempra Generation. First Solar agreed to design, engineer and construct the turnkey PV power plant and will provide monitoring and maintenance services for the plant over its lifetime.

The solar modules deployed for the ground-mount project were to be produced at First Solar’s manufacturing facility in Perrysburg, Ohio. The plant will serve customers in California and the Western United States.

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