The entire output of the Mesquite Solar 2 expansion has been sold to Southern California Edison under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The contract is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission. Construction on the project is expected to begin this fall.
The 4,000-acre Mesquite Solar complex is among the largest photovoltaic solar facilities in the U.S. By late 2016, the complex's three phases are expected to produce a total of 400 MW.
Kevin C. Sagara, president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, stated:
"We are pleased to support Southern California Edison's commitment to diversify its growing renewable energy portfolio through the development of Mesquite Solar 2. The expansion of our landmark Mesquite Solar complex reflects the progressive vision and leadership by the state of Arizona and Maricopa County, and we look forward to delivering a new supply of clean, emission-free energy to California consumers."
The company also expects to complete the 94-MW Copper Mountain Solar 4 project in Nevada during that time frame. By year-end 2016, the combined solar power portfolio of projects jointly owned by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power in Arizona and Nevada is expected to grow to more than 1,000 MW.