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Sempra U.S. Gas & Power dedicates Arizona solar project

Sempra Adding 100 MW of Green Energy to Total Capacity of its Mesquite Solar Complex

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power officials dedicated the 150 MW first phase of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Mesquite Solar facility.

Located in Arlington, Ariz., about 40 miles west of Phoenix, Mesquite Solar 1 is part of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s 4,000-acre Mesquite Solar complex, with the potential to build out up to 700 MW of capacity.

Construction on Mesquite Solar 1 began in June 2011. The solar energy project provided a boost to the local economy by creating more than 500 local construction jobs at peak along with 10 long-term positions. The solar plant was completed in December 2012 and now generates enough renewable energy for about 56,000 homes.

The renewable power from Mesquite Solar 1 is sold to Pacific Gas & Electric (NYSE: PCG) under a 20-year contract.

Completion of Mesquite Solar 1 brings Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s operating solar portfolio up to 300 MW. The company has another 308 MW under construction at its Copper Mountain Solar 2 and Copper Mountain Solar 3 facilities in Boulder City, Nev.

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