SAN DIEGO, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
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 600,000 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 2014 revenues of $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.SempraUSGP.com.
About Consolidated Edison Development
Con Edison Development (CED) develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure projects. The company focuses its efforts on projects that provide stable earnings and leverage the core strengths of Consolidated Edison, Inc. CED functions as a growth vehicle for the Competitive Energy Businesses and focuses on renewable energy and gas assets as part of an overall corporate goal of responsible environmental stewardship. Through its deep resources and trusted relationships with a range of energy-related companies, Con Edison Development has built a robust pipeline of renewable energy projects and opportunistically grown its portfolio to more than 550 MW as of year-end 2014. Con Edison Development can be reached at their website at www.coneddev.com.
Con Edison Development is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $44 billion in assets. More information can be obtained by calling 914-993-2185. You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at www.conedison.com
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