SAN DIEGO – San Diego Gas & Electric announced today that it has signed two 20-year contracts to receive solar energy from Imperial County.
The deals are with Tallbear Seville LLC to purchase 20 megawatts from a facility under construction northwest of Brawley, and with 8minutenergy Renewables to buy the same amount of power from the Calipatria Solar Farm.
Both projects are expected to come online in 2015 and deliver power to SDG&E over the Sunrise Powerlink, a major energy transmission line connecting San Diego with the Imperial Valley.
”The Calipatria Solar Farm will deliver clean energy to over 9,000 households in SDG&E’s service area and create more than 50 direct and 100 indirect jobs in the Imperial Valley,” said Martin Hermann, CEO of 8minutenergy Renewables.
”We would like to thank SDG&E for their continued commitment to the Imperial Valley, where the unemployment rate is among the highest in the nation,” he said.
SDG&E reported that 20.8 percent of its sales last year were for renewable energy. In the last two years, the utility has signed contracts to add 1,879 megawatts of power from renewable sources.