San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced it is awaiting approval from the California Public Utilities Commission for two long-term contracts to purchase a total of 300MW of renewable energy.
The company will be entering into a 25-year agreement to purchase 200MW of energy from the Mount Signal Solar project in Imperial Valley, California, US. This is a project to be completed by 8minutenergy Renewables and Gestamp Solar. The first 100MW of energy from the PV solar plant is expected to be online by mid-2013.
“The Mount Signal Solar project will deliver clean energy for over 72,000 households in SDG&E's service area,” said Martin Hermann, chief executive officer for 8minutenergy Renewables.
Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy said: “This power agreement validates our strategy for developing solar energy in California while creating about 1,000 construction jobs in the Imperial Valley where the unemployment rate has been ranked among the highest in the nation.”
The second contract is to purchase 100MW from Manzana Wind – a 189MW wind power facility currently under construction in Tehachapi region, California, US.
“These contracts continue the significant momentum SDG&E has built over the past decade in acquiring valuable green energy resources,” said James P. Avery, senior vice president of power supply for SDG&E. “In 2011, renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric represented more than 20% of the power provided to our 1.4 million electric customers. This is a terrific accomplishment given the fact that we had just one percent renewable power in our portfolio 10 years ago and about 12% renewables in our power portfolio in 2010. We are well on our way toward meeting the state's goal and attaining 33% of our power from renewable sources in 2020.”