Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s approach emphasizes environmental stewardship. We recognize our responsibility to build and operate projects in ways that respect the environment.
Electricity generation can require an abundance of water, especially for plants located in arid desert regions. That's one reason why we use solar panel technology that doesn't use water to generate electricity. And why our natural gas-fueled power plants employ water-saving technologies.
We reduce the impact on sensitive habitats by strategically choosing the right locations for development. Our solar projects are built on previously disturbed land or in designated energy zones. And all are sited near existing major transmission lines.
We also created the Mesquite Power Wildlife Oasis from restored farmland near our power plant in Arlington, Arizona. In partnership with Wildlife for Tomorrow, we sponsor field trips for more than one thousand school children each year, so they can enjoy guided tours of the Oasis and explore the 40 acres of interactive trails and wildlife.
At Auwahi forest in Maui, Hawaii, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power provides support for the historic dryland forest restoration effort on the leeward flanks of Haleakal volcano. The Maui Restoration Group currently plants seedlings and controls invasive weeds to reinvigorate this unique native forest.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power also seeks to protect wildlife commonly affected by wind turbines, a major issue facing the wind industry. Technological advancements like larger turbines that rotate at a slower speed have reduced the number of incidents involving birds and bats by enabling them to see the blades. We recently collaborated with experts at the San Diego Zoo and the Mexico-based Instituto de Ecología to assess the flight and migratory patterns of the California Condor, Golden Eagle, and other bats and birds near the proposed site of our Energía Sierra Juárez wind facility.