PG&E signs agreement with Solel for 553 MW of solar power

25 July 2007 -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said that it has entered into a landmark renewable energy agreement with Solel-MSP-1 to purchase renewable energy from the Mojave Solar Park, to be constructed in California's Mojave Desert. The project will deliver 553 MW of solar power to PG&E's customers in northern and central California. The Mojave Solar Park project is now the world's largest single solar commitment.

The plant utilizes Solel's solar thermal parabolic trough technology. When fully operational in 2011, the Mojave Solar Park plant will cover up to 6,000 acres, or nine square miles in the Mojave Desert. The project will rely on 1.2 million mirrors and 317 miles of vacuum tubing to capture the desert sun's heat.

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