Sempra US Gas & Power, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, has finished building the first phase of the 150MW Copper Mountain Solar 2 PV project in Boulder City, Nevada, US.
The project broke ground in December 2011 and involved the installation of 92MW of PV capacity as part of phase one. US solar behemoth First Solar was appointed to provide EPC services. The company also supplied 1.5 million thin-film PV modules, which were installed on 445 hectares of land.
Electricity generated from the plant will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
“Copper Mountain Solar 2 is the third major solar project in Boulder City that Sempra US Gas & Power has completed in the past five years,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, President and CEO of Sempra US Gas & Power. “Nevada has a great business climate with leaders at the federal, state and local level who have helped make our projects successful.”
Phase two of the project will involve installing an additional 58MW of PV capacity which is slated to complete by 2015.
When the 150MW project is online, it will generate enough electricity to power 45,000 households.