SAN DIEGO, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development's jointly owned 150-megawatt (MW) Mesquite Solar 1 has been named a "Renewable Top Plant" by POWER magazine, ranking among the top renewable power installations completed worldwide during the past year.
Located in Arlington, Ariz., about 60 miles west of Phoenix, Mesquite Solar 1 is one of the largest photovoltaic solar power installations in the U.S. It is part of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's 4,000-acre Mesquite Solar complex, which has a potential build-out capacity of 700 MW of clean energy. The current 150-MW facility produces enough solar energy to power the equivalent of 56,000 homes.
POWER magazine's Top Plant designees are "those projects that have distinguished themselves as industry leaders for either their best-of-class operating records, environmental performance, unique technology, or importance to their local community," according to the magazine.
"Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development's Mesquite Solar 1 is the latest solar energy pacesetting plant, demonstrating leadership in the development and operation of photovoltaic solar facilities," said Dr. Robert Peltier, PE, POWER magazine's consulting editor. "This plant demonstrates the full potential of utility-scale solar energy available today."
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is a top U.S. developer of utility-scale solar projects with 300 MW in operation in Arizona and Nevada, and a development pipeline that exceeds 600 MW.
"We are honored that Mesquite Solar 1 has been named a Top Plant by POWER magazine as Sempra U.S. Gas & Power continues to grow its solar energy portfolio and contribute to a more sustainable, clean energy future," said Kevin C. Sagara, vice president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. "It's exciting to be consistently recognized as a solar power leader, especially given the number of other significant solar projects that have recently been developed nationally and worldwide."
"As ConEdison Development continues to expand its renewable portfolio around the country, we are gratified to be chosen for this distinction from among such a large number of projects in this rapidly emerging category," said Mark Noyes, vice president of ConEdison Development. "We are proud to share this honor with our partners at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, and we shall continue to commit ourselves to developing best-in-class assets that make valuable contributions to America's renewable energy sector."
POWER magazine provides business and technology coverage of the worldwide power generation industry. For more than four decades, the company has honored electricity generation top performers.
About Sempra U.S. Gas & Power
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions with power plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 1 million homes. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power companies also operate natural gas storage facilities, pipelines and distribution utilities. The company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2012 revenues of approximately $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' nearly 17,000 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.SempraUSGP.com.
About Consolidated Edison Development
Launched in 1997, ConEdison Development develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure projects. The company is an unregulated subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], the nation's oldest and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies. The company typically focuses on projects in all stages of development. Through acquisitions and development, ConEdison Development has owned, operated and marketed over 2000 MW of electric generating facilities. CED currently has a portfolio of about 400 MW of utility scale solar projects in operation. The company has proven expertise in engineering and construction management, start-up and commissioning.
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