Sempra completes first phase of Nevada solar energy project

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a unit of Sempra Energy, completed construction of the 92 MW first phase of a new photovoltaic solar power facility, Copper Mountain Solar 2, located in Boulder City, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

The first phase of the project consists of nearly 1.5 million solar panels capable of generating enough clean, emissions-free electricity for about 27,600 average homes.

Construction on the 1,100-acre site began in December 2011 and created about 630 jobs at the peak of construction. The power generated at Copper Mountain Solar 2 is being sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 25-year contract.

When completed in 2015, the second-phase of Copper Mountain Solar 2 will produce an additional 58 MW, bringing the total output to 150 MW.

In addition to the first phase of Copper Mountain Solar 2, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power also developed 58 MW of solar power at Copper Mountain Solar 1 in Boulder City.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions. The company operates solar, wind and natural gas power plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 1 million homes, along with natural gas storage and pipelines, and distribution utilities.

The Sempra Energy companies' nearly 17,500 employees serve about 31 million consumers worldwide.

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