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Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Completes Nevada Solar Plant


SAN DIEGO – The director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, Paul Thomsen, and Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler and community leaders today joined project owners Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development, to dedicate the 250-megawatt (MW) Copper Mountain Solar 3 facility in Boulder City, Nev.

Situated on 1,400 acres, Copper Mountain Solar 3 is the third phase of the landmark Copper Mountain Solar complex, currently among the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar power installations in the U.S. The entire complex, which also includes the recently completed 58-MW second phase of Copper Mountain Solar 2, is capable of generating more than 450 MW of power, enough energy to power 142,000 homes.

“Copper Mountain Solar is an excellent example of economic diversification through the advancement of clean energy generation, further solidifying Nevada as a sustainable energy leader,” said Paul Thomsen, director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy. “Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development have made a significant investment in Nevada, demonstrating cooperation, collaboration and leadership in the west’s energy industry.”

“Copper Mountain Solar 3 is our largest solar project to date, and we are pleased to be joined by state and local leadership, as well as members of the Boulder City community, to celebrate this significant milestone,” said Patti Wagner, president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “We look forward to continued partnership and collaboration with Boulder City as we prepare to break ground on the next phase of the Copper Mountain Solar complex, Copper Mountain Solar 4, later this year.”

“ConEdison Development is proud of the relationship it has cultivated with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and we’re honored to dedicate the 250-megawatt Copper Mountain Solar plant,” said Mark Noyes, senior vice president and chief operating officer of ConEdison Development. “We look forward to continue working with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to building a cleaner environment and greener future.”

Construction on Copper Mountain Solar 3 began in 2013 and was completed in early 2015. The project created about 500 construction jobs at peak and four positions to operate the facility. It generates enough clean electricity to power approximately 80,000 homes.

The completion of Copper Mountain Solar 3 brings Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s jointly-owned operating solar power portfolio up to 660 MW.

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