Energy Department Offers Nevada Solar Facility Loan Guarantee

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the offer of a conditional commitment for a $45.6 million loan guarantee for a 20-megawatt AC photovoltaic solar generating facility in Nevada.

The offer, announced by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, will be supported by funding from the 2009 Recovery Act.

The project is sponsored by Fotowatio Renewable and will be developed about 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

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California Approves Power Purchase Contract With Sempra

SAN DIEGO — The California Public Utilities Commission approved a contract to purchase 150 megawatts of solar power from a Sempra Generation power facility in Arizona.
The commission unanimously approved the 20-year contract for power purchase from San Diego-based Sempra Generation’s Mesquite Solar 1 facility in Arizona.
With approval of the contract secured, the company plans to begin construction on the photovoltaic solar power plant in June, according to a company statement.
The project,

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