Sempra energizes first phase of Arizona solar energy project

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power completed construction of Mesquite Solar 1, the first 150 MW phase of the company's Mesquite Solar complex in Arlington, Ariz., about 40 miles west of Phoenix.

The photovoltaic solar energy project is now operational and ranks among the largest in the U.S., generating enough renewable electricity to power about 56,000 homes.

Construction began in June 2011 and employed more than 450 workers. The power has been sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year contract. Future phases planned at the solar complex could produce up to 700 MW, making it one of North America's largest solar power installations.

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, pipelines and distribution utilities.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is a unit of Sempra Energy (SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2011 revenues of $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' nearly 17,500 employees serve about 31 million consumers worldwide.

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