Sempra Generation revealed that three blocks of solar panels, totaling 42MW, had been installed at the Mesquite Solar 1 project and were delivering solar power to the grid. The 150MW PV project in Arlington, Arizona, began construction in June 2011, with the company expecting completion for the project in early 2013. Power from the site is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric Company under a long-term 20-year contract.
“We have achieved remarkable growth in our renewable portfolio over the past year. The keys to our success have been securing long-term contracts to ensure stable cash flows and executing with world-class partners,” said Jeffrey Martin, president and chief executive officer of Sempra Generation. “In 2012, we will embark upon the most aggressive development program in Sempra Generation's history with multiple utility-scale wind and solar projects in construction.”
Sempra advised that around 450 construction workers were installing an average of 4,500 PV panels each day at the Mesquite Solar 1 site. Upon its completion, the project will potentially use over 800,000 panels to generate electricity for nearly 50,000 homes.
“We set an aggressive goal of safely installing 42MW of solar by year-end and our construction team delivered,” said William Engelbrecht, vice president of planning at Sempra Generation. “This is a large undertaking and one we could not have reached so quickly without the hard work of our contractors Zachry and Suntech.”