PG&E Purchases More Solar Power

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has entered into a contract with AV Solar Ranch 1, LLC, a subsidiary of NextLight Renewable Power LLC, for 230 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic power. On average, the project is expected to produce 592 gigawatt-hours of renewable electricity each year for PG&E customers throughout northern and central California.

NextLight’s project will feature photovoltaic technology, from as yet unnamed supplier. The project will be located in Antelope Valley, California. It is expected to begin deliveries in 2011 and be fully operational by late 2013.

This is the third major solar contract PG&E has signed this year. Since 2002, PG&E has entered into contracts for more than 20 percent of its future electric power deliveries from renewable sources. On average, half of the electricity PG&E delivers to its customers comes from carbon-free generating sources, the utility said.

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