Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, Consolidated Edison Development Finalize Solar Joint Venture

Sep 23, 2013

SAN DIEGO, and VALHALLA, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2013 – Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development (ConEdison Development) today announced they have become equal partners in two of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s solar power facilities, the 150-megawatt (MW) Copper Mountain Solar 2 plant near Las Vegas and the 150-MW Mesquite Solar 1 plant near Phoenix.

Under the terms of the joint-venture agreements, which were announced in May 2013, each company will own a 50-percent interest in each of the solar facilities. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Copper Mountain Solar 2 and Mesquite Solar 1 are among the largest photovoltaic solar plants in the U.S., and we are pleased to partner with ConEdison Development in the ownership of both these plants,” said Kevin C. Sagara, vice president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.  “This transaction enables us to improve our financial returns, deconsolidate debt and reinvest the proceeds to more rapidly grow our business.”

“To succeed in the world of solar development, it is essential to build relationships with the right partners and to invest in the right projects,” said Mark Noyes, vice president of ConEdison Development.  “That is precisely what is happening here.  We are delighted to be working together with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a company that is highly regarded as one of America’s foremost solar developers.  These two projects are both first-rate facilities with solid, long-term agreements.”

Mesquite Solar 1, the first phase of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Mesquite Solar complex located in Arlington, Ariz., was completed in late 2012.  Mesquite Solar 1 generates enough clean electricity for about 56,000 homes.  Power from the facility has been fully sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year contract.

The first phase of Copper Mountain Solar 2 is complete and is currently generating 92-MW of solar power.  When the second phase is fully constructed -- expected in 2015 -- the project’s total operating capacity will be 150-MW. The solar plant generates enough clean energy to power about 45,000 homes.  Power from the facility has been fully sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 25-year contract.        

About Consolidated Edison Development

Launched in 1997, ConEdison Development focuses on the development, ownership and operation of renewable and energy infrastructure projects.  The company typically focuses on projects in the early or middle stages of development.  Through acquisitions and development, ConEdison Development has owned, operated and marketed more than 2000 MW of electric generating facilities.  The company has proven expertise in engineering and construction management, start-up and commissioning.

ConEdison Development is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED),

one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $40 billion in assets.  More information can be obtained by calling 914-993-2185.  Additional information is available at the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website, www.conedison.com.

About Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions. The company operates solar, wind and natural gas power plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 1 million homes, along with natural gas storage, pipelines and distribution utilities.  The company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2012 revenues of approximately $10 billion.  The Sempra Energy companies’ nearly 17,000 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide.  For more information, visit www.SempraUSGP.com.

 

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Sempra International, LLC, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, are not the same companies as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra International, LLC and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Sempra International’s underlying entities include Sempra Mexico and Sempra South American Utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s underlying entities include Sempra Renewables and Sempra Natural Gas.

 

For further information: Media Contacts: Steve Schooff, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, Office (619) 696-2066, sschooff@semprausgp.com, Christine Nevin, ConEdison Development, Office (914) 286-7094, Mobile (914) 629-2860, nevinc@conedsolutions.com, Steve Vitoff, Office (212) 889-0808, Mobile (516) 652-0785, Steve@themarino.org. Financial Contact: Victor Vilaplana, Sempra Energy, (877) 736-7727, Investor@Sempra.com


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