SDG&E inks renewable power purchase agreements

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) successfully completed two new long-term power purchase agreements in Imperial Valley totaling 40 MW of renewable energy.

The first of the agreements is a 20-year contract with Tallbear Seville LLC to purchase 20 MW from the Seville solar power facility northwest of Brawley in Imperial County.

When completed in 2015, the Seville project will be comprised of photovoltaic single-axis modules and the power will be transported to SDG&E's customers across the 117-mile Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which was put into service this past June.

The second of the agreements is a 20-year agreement to purchase 20 MW of energy from the Calipatria Solar Farm, also in Imperial County, from 8minutenergy Renewables' subsidiary, 70SM1 8ME, LLC and its partner on the project, Gestamp Solar.

The Calipatria project is expected to be completed in 2015, and the power from the fixed-tilt solar photovoltaic facility will also be transmitted to SDG&E's service territory via the Sunrise Powerlink.

Both solar projects will connect to SDG&E's transmission grid at the Imperial Valley Substation via the Imperial Irrigation District's transmission system.

In 2011, SDG&E delivered 20.8 percent of its retail sales with renewable energy. It also signed 17 new renewable energy contracts for a combined total of 1,482 MW. This year, the company has signed 13 renewable energy contracts, bringing the total number of megawatts signed over the past two years to 1,879 MW.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is a unit of Sempra Energy, which is based in San Diego.

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