San Diego Gas & Electric has signed long-term contracts to purchase 300 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy from wind and solar sources.  The regulated utility company provides electricity and natural gas service to 3.6 million consumers in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

A 189 MW wind farm under construction near Rosamond, California will provide 100 MWs of SDG&E's renewable energy under a 20 year contract with Manzana Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.  When completed later this year, the wind farm will include 126 wind turbines on 4,600 acres of land.  It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 21,500 cars from the road.

The other 200 MWs of new renewable energy will be supplied by the Mount Signal Solar project in Imperial Valley, California under a 25 year power purchase agreement with a subsidiary of 8minutenergy Renewables.  The electric output of this solar project will be transmitted over SDG&E's 117-mile Sunrise Powerlink transmission line that is currently under construction and expected to be completed later this year.

John J.P. Howley
Woodbridge, New Jersey

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