CPUC approves PPA to purchase 150 megawatts of solar energy from Sempra

With approval of the contract secured, the company plans to begin construction on the photovoltaic solar power plant in June. The solar power project is expected to create about 300 construction jobs at peak. Mesquite Solar 1 will produce enough electricity to power approximately 56,000 average homes when completed in early 2013.

"Approval of this contract is a major step forward for Sempra Generation and it reflects the vision and leadership by PG&E and state policy makers who have put California on the path to a clean energy future," said Jeffrey W. Martin, president and chief executive officer of Sempra Generation. "We look forward to starting construction on this world-class solar power complex that will deliver a new supply of sustainable energy and create hundreds of jobs."

Mesquite Solar 1 is the first phase of Sempra Generation’s planned 700-MW Mesquite Solar complex located 40 miles west of Phoenix.