Nation’s Largest Solar Plant Complete

Earlier this year, we alerted you to the fact that the nation’s largest solar plant–in Boulder City, Nevada–had begun generating electricity. Now, Sempra Generation has announced that their big kahuna, the Copper Mountain Solar facility, is now complete, set to produce a whopping 48-megawatts (MW) of renewable energy.

To put things in perspective, 48 MW is enough energy to power about 14,000 average homes. While the desert site is located just 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas, it’s California–with its statewide renewable energy portfolio standards that have made it such a booming market for solar–that will be benefiting from this energy, courtesy of Pacific Gas & Electric.

Copper Mountain Solar facility

image via Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

William R. Engelbrecht, Sempra Generation’s vice president of planning and construction, called the completion of the Copper Mountain Solar facility, “an unprecedented achievement.” Sempra will not be sitting back to rest on its renewable energy laurels, however, as the company expects to begin construction on the first phase of a 600-MW solar project in Arizona next year, and recently received approval to build a 200-MW solar farm in Kern County, California.

The company also recently entered into a partnership BP Wind Energy to develop a 250-MW wind project in Colorado, currently under construction.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.