Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has said that they have completed the first phase construction of Mesquite Solar Project, which involves 150-megawatt (MW) of the total 700MW Solar Project, which is located at Mesquite Solar complex, Arlingtn, Arizona.
The Project which is expected to provide electricity to over 56,000 average U.S. homes, began construction in June 2011 and employed around 450 workers and will become the largest Solar Project in U.S once the remaining phase of the 700 MW Project comes online. Pacific Gas & Electric has also signed a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with the Developers.
"We are pleased to continue the momentum of our solar program with the completion of Mesquite Solar 1 and will now focus on the development of the remaining 4,000-acre complex," said Jeffrey W. Martin, president and chief executive officer of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. "This accomplishment puts us solidly on track to own and operate more than 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by the end of this year. We are excited about the future. This milestone would not have been possible without the strong support of neighboring communities, regulators and local and state elected officials."
"Arizona continues to lead the nation in the production of clean, renewable solar energy," said Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer. "Projects like Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Mesquite Solar 1 not only create clean energy, they also generate quality jobs for Arizonans. I am thrilled to see our great state at the forefront of this promising industry and I look forward to Arizona continuing to establish itself as our nation's solar capital."
Article Published by Rahul R Prabhu
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