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Mesquite Solar 2
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Location: Tonopah, AZ
Capacity: 100 MW
Homes Powered: About 44,500 (CA)
Completed: December 2016
Customer: Southern California Edison

Mesquite Solar 2 is the second phase of the landmark Mesquite Solar complex in Tonopah, Arizona, one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar facilities in the country.

Construction activities on the 100-megawatt (MW) expansion project began in fall 2015. The project created hundreds of construction jobs, part of a multi-phase expansion that employed about 800 workers at peak. The solar plant was completed by December 2016. It produces enough electricity to power about 44,500 California homes.

The entire output of the Mesquite Solar 2 expansion has been sold to Southern California Edison under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The contract is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Benefits

  • Created hundreds of construction jobs, part of a multi-phase expansion that employed about 800 workers at peak
  • Generates new revenues for state and local governments
  • Located near existing power plants and transmission lines
  • Requires no water to generate electricity
  • Produces a new source of clean, emission-free electricity
  • Will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 207,000 tons annually, the equivalent of taking approximately 43,500 cars off the road