SDGE signs solar energy contracts

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and units of Soitec Solar Development LLC signed two 25-year contracts for 125 MW of solar energy to be generated in the utility's service territory. The contracts require approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

The energy will be produced using Soitec's Concentrix concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology with solar modules manufactured in a planned 200 MW factory to be built in the San Diego area.

The agreements are separate from three contracts the two companies signed in April for 30 MW of CPV-generated solar power.

Soitec's planned manufacturing facility will have an annual production capacity of 200 MW. Soitec is expected to announce the factory’s location this summer, with completion expected 18 months after the start of construction.

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