All that freely abundant sunshine in the state of Nevada is ideal for solar energy, a fact not lost on Sempra Generation. The company recently announced that their massive Copper Mountain Solar Facility has just gone online in Boulder City, Nevada–and that, when complete, it will form the backbone of the nation’s largest operational solar power plant.
The power from the Copper Mountain plant and Sempra’s adjacent 10-MW El Dorado solar plant is being provided to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) under separate 20-year contracts, and is expected to provide PG&E with a combined 58-MW of solar energy, making it the largest operational photovoltaic solar-power facility in the U.S. Construction on the 48-MW photovoltaic solar installation began in January, and while the array has already begun to deliver power, Sempra Generation anticipates that the project won’t be fully operational until late 2010.
“When it comes to renewable energy development, Nevada — and especially Boulder City — is open for business,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, chief executive officer of Sempra Generation, in a statement. “Boulder City’s vision to create a regional center for renewable energy, coupled with progressive utilities like PG&E that are seeking out cleaner power for customers make these solar projects a reality.”