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Planet Ark World Environment News Sempra Begins Activating Nevada Solar Farm

Date: 16-Jun-10
Country: USA
Author: Alyson Zepeda

Sempra Energy unit Sempra Generation activated an 8-megawatt block of solar panels on Tuesday at its 48-MW photovoltaic solar energy farm in Boulder City, Nevada.

Additional blocks will be activated at the Copper Mountain Solar facility in the next few months and the farm is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year, said spokesman Scott Crider.

Crider could not confirm the cost of the project but industry sources estimate it costs about $6,200 per kilowatt to build a solar photovoltaic plant. First Solar Inc, which is providing the solar panels, is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project.

The farm, located 40 miles from Las Vegas near Sempra Generation's 10-MW El Dorado Solar farm, is under a 20-year contract to provide power to Pacific Gas & Electric Co, a unit of PG&E Corp.

Its proximity to existing infrastructure means the new farm will not require additional transmission lines to connect it to the power grid.

Sempra is based in San Diego. PG&E is based in San Francisco. First Solar is based in Tempe, Arizona.

(Editing by Bernie Woodall and Lisa Shumaker)

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