San Diego, August 27, 2010 – San Diego Gas and Electric signed and submitted for approval a second 20-year power-purchase agreement with an LS Power unit to procure up to 45 MW of solar energy.
The new contract, combined with a 20-year agreement SDG&E signed in May for up to 130 MW of power from the Centinela project, will provide for a combined total of up to 175 MW of clean, renewable energy, or enough electricity for more than 60,000 homes.
Upon completion in 2014, the Centinela Solar Energy facility will send solar power to SDG&E’s service territory across the Sunrise Powerlink, a 120-mile, 500-kilovolt electric transmission line designed to increase power reliability in the region and tap into the vast renewable resources of the Imperial Valley. When completed in 2012, the new power line is expected to carry up to 1,000 MW of electricity.
Under the new contract, which runs through 2034, the Centinela Solar Energy facility will employ photovoltaic technology on a 1,350-acre site near Calexico, Calif. At peak, the entire project will generate as much as 175 MW of electricity.
Last month, SDG&E signed an additional renewable contract securing 7.5 MW of wind energy from Coram Energy, LLC of Tehachapi, Calif. An application was filed with the California Public Utilities Commission on July 30, 2010. The Coram Energy facility is located in the Tehachapi Pass in Kern County, Calif. and began generating wind energy in June 2005.
These two new contracts combined add another 52.5 MW of renewable energy generated in California to SDG&E’s portfolio. Both contracts require CPUC approval.