San Diego, March 18, 2011 — Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler, Jeff Martin, president and CEO of Sempra Generation, and other dignitaries were on hand in southern Nevada to officially dedicate Sempra Generation's Copper Mountain Solar, the largest photovoltaic solar plant in the U.S.
The 48 MW project is located adjacent to Sempra Generation's 10 MW El Dorado Solar installation in Boulder City, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
In his comments, Governor Sandoval praised Sempra Generation for its commitment to Nevada and for creating hundreds of local construction jobs to build the solar facility.
He also expressed strong support for the company's plan, which was recently approved by Boulder City, to expand the Copper Mountain Solar complex by more than 200 MW because of the benefits alternative energy projects bring to the state and local economy.
Construction on Copper Mountain Solar began in January 2010 at the 380-acre desert site. Nearly 775,000 thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, which convert sunlight directly into electricity, were installed. The award-winning solar facility is now generating enough emission-free electricity to power about 14,000 average homes.
The power from Copper Mountain Solar and El Dorado Solar has been sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under separate 20-year contracts.
Sempra Generation operates and maintains a fleet of clean, efficient natural gas-fueled power plants and is a leading developer of solar and wind facilities that serve U.S. markets.