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PG&E to tap into solar projects

August 15, 2008|From the Associated Press

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has signed contracts to buy enough solar energy to power 239,000 homes a year.

The utility said Thursday that it would buy 800 megawatts of renewable energy from subsidiaries of Hayward-based OptiSolar Inc. and San Jose-based SunPower Corp.

The electricity will come from two large-scale solar projects to be built in San Luis Obispo County on the Central California coast.

OptiSolar's 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm project is expected to begin delivering power in 2011.

SunPower's 250-megawatt project also is expected to begin delivery in 2011.

PG&E says it now has contracts to buy enough renewable energy to provide more than 20% of its future deliveries.

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