Mesquite Solar project

The Mesquite Solar project is a photovoltaic solar power plant being built in Arlington, Maricopa County, Arizona, owned by Sempra Generation.[1] Phase 1 will have a nameplate capacity of 150 megawatts.[2] The project has enough land for at least 600 MW.[2]

Mesquite Solar 1 will use 800,000 solar panels bought from Suntech Power.[3][4] The EPC contractor is Zachry Holdings.[5] Construction began in 2011 and will be completed in 2013.[3] Mesquite 1 is projected to generate more than 350 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually, and that clean electricity could offset roughly 200,000 tons of carbon emissions each year.[5]

Phase 1 will cost about $600 million.[6] Sempra Generation has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for the 150 MW from Mesquite 1.[1]


Coordinates: 33°20′06″N 112°55′12″W / 33.335°N 112.920°W / 33.335; -112.920[7]

  1. ^ a b "Sempra Generation contracts with PG&E for 150 mw of solar power". Sempra Energy. October 12, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Mesquite Solar". Sempra Generation. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b Wesoff, Eric (February 3, 2011). "Suntech to Supply 800,000 PV Panels for Sempra’s Mesquite 1". Greentech Media. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  4. ^ Woody, Todd (February 4, 2011). "Arizona Solar Plant Picks Chinese Supplier". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Sempra Generation Selects Suntech and Zachry for Landmark Arizona Solar Power Plant". Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.. February 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  6. ^ Goossens, Ehren (February 3, 2011). "Sempra Buying Suntech Panels for 150-Megawatt Solar Project". Retrieved 2011-02-06. "Scott Crider, a Sempra Generation spokesman, would not give a price for the Mesquite project. Photovoltaic “projects can range from $3.5 to $5.5 million per megawatt, that’s the general industry standard,” he said in an interview." 
  7. ^ "Mesquite Solar Energy Project". Sempra Generation. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 

See also

  • Solar power in Arizona

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