A newly built solar plant is now providing clean, renewable energy to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers. The new solar plant and two more in development will deliver enough renewable energy to power about 31,800 homes in the San Diego region – a combined 42.4 megawatts (MW) of power.
“SDG&E is committed to providing our customers with renewable, community-based energy choices,” said Kendall Helm, vice president of energy supply for SDG&E. “These new solar plants will deliver sustainable energy options to customers regardless of their ability to access private solar systems and represent a growing investment in the regional economy.”
The Midway Solar III project, owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, began delivering energy in September. The 20-MW solar power plant, which is located in the Imperial Valley, is the first to be built to serve customers enrolled in SDG&E’s EcoChoice program.
Residents and businesses who sign up for EcoChoice can elect to purchase between 50 and 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources. SDG&E then buys renewable energy on their behalf from generating facilities built specifically for the program.
The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved two additional solar plants through the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program – a program designed to expand access to renewable energy sources to customers.
The first, which is being developed by Ormat Nevada Inc. in the Imperial Valley, will deliver 20 MW of renewable energy for the EcoChoice program. The solar plant is scheduled to be completed in late 2019. The second project, located in Campo, Calif., will be the first community solar plant approved for SDG&E’s EcoShare program, which allows customers to purchase renewable energy directly from a local renewable energy developer. The 2.4-MW plant is being developed by ForeFront Power and is scheduled to begin delivering power in 2020.
SDG&E is a leader in clean energy – currently, around 45 percent of the power SDG&E delivers to all of its customers comes from renewable sources. As worldwide demand for lower-carbon energy sources continues to increase, the Sempra Energy family of companies is committed to meet this demand, delivering clean energy and meeting customer needs in new ways.