SOLAR | In Construction
Copper Mountain Solar 3
- Location: Boulder City, NV
- Capacity: Up to 250 MW
- Homes Powered: About 80,000
- Completed: 2015 (estimated)
- Customer: Southwest U.S. utilities
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is pursuing a third expansion of its landmark Copper Mountain Solar complex, currently one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar plants in the U.S. Situated on about 1,400 acres of land, Copper Mountain Solar 3 will tap into the intense desert sun in Boulder City, Nevada to produce clean energy and a stronger local economy.
Construction on the 250-megawatt (MW) solar project began in 2013, creating about 300 construction jobs and 12 positions to operate the facility. When complete, the solar plant will be capable of generating enough electricity to power about 80,000 homes. Power from the facility is sold to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the City of Burbank under a 20-year contract with the Southern California Public Power Authority.
- Creates about 300 construction jobs
- Generates new revenues for state and local governments
- Located near existing power plants and transmission lines
- Requires no water to generate electricity
- Produces a new source of clean, emission-free electricity