San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) agreed to a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with CSolar Development, a subsidiary of Tenaska Solar ventures, for the development of up to 130MW of solar PV power. A proposed 900-acre site in Imperial County, called “Imperial Solar Energy Center South,” will hold the solar project, which is expected to reach completion in 2014. The 130MW project will use the 120-mile Sunrise Powerlink, presumed to reach completion in 2012, to deliver the energy produced at the facility to customers in the SDG&E service territory.
“SDG&E is committed to developing new sources of green energy for our customers and this contract illustrates the concentrated effort we've made to securing renewable resources in the Imperial Valley,” said James P. Avery, senior vice president of power supply for SDG&E. “These clean resources will provide our customers in the San Diego region with new renewable energy via the Sunrise Powerlink.”