Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, received approval on November 9 to build a new solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Antelope Valley, CA.
The project is located about 90 miles north of Los Angeles in the high desert, on about 960 acres in a former agricultural site, near existing transmission lines, and does not require water to generate electricity.
The approval was unanimous, in spite of the fact that the final environmental impact review (EIR) was challenged by Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation representatives, which called the EIR “inadequate” in terms of zoning ordinance consistency.
The project will break ground in 2012, and conclude in 2013, creating up to 300 temporary construction jobs and as many as eight long-term positions as facility operators.
This will be Sempra Generation’s fourth utility-scale solar power project. The other three are comprised of the existing 10-MW El Dorado power plant (2008), a planned solar PV array in Boulder City, Nevada, and a 600-MW solar PV farm outside Phoenix to be built in phases (beginning with Mesquite Solar I), slated for completion in 2013.
In addition to being a leading developer of solar energy and wind energy, Sempra Generation owns and operates natural gas-fueled power plants. Parent company Sempra Energy operates San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Co., Sempra LNG, and a pipeline and gas storage company.
Photo Credit: Karen & Brad Emerson via Flickr CC