SOLAR | In Operation

Copper Mountain Solar 3
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Location: Boulder City, NV
Capacity: Up to 250 MW
Homes Powered: About 90,000 (CA)
Completed: mid-2015
Customer: Southern California Public Power Authority

Copper Mountain Solar 3 is jointly owned by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development. It is the third phase of the landmark Copper Mountain Solar complex, one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar facilities in the U.S. Situated on about 1,400 acres of land, equivalent to about 1,000 football fields, Copper Mountain Solar 3 taps into the intense desert sun in Boulder City, Nevada, to produce clean energy and a stronger local economy.

The 250-megawatt (MW) facility was completed in 2015, generating enough clean electricity to power about 90,000 California homes. The project created about 500 construction jobs at peak and four full-time positions to operate the facility. The renewable power from the facility is sold to the Southern California Public Power Authority under a 20-year contract.

Benefits

  • Created about 500 construction jobs at peak and four full-time positions
  • 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
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 419,000 tons annually, the equivalent of taking approximately 88,000 cars off the road