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Regulators OK PG&E solar deal

May 22, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the utility owned by PG&E Corp. of San Francisco, won approval from regulators for a solar power contract with Sempra Generation, a unit of Sempra Energy of San Diego.

Under a 20-year contract, Pacific Gas will buy power from a 10-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in Boulder City, Nev. Sempra and First Solar Inc. said in April that they would expand the facility by 48 megawatts using First Solar's thin-film technology.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved the contract at its meeting in San Francisco. State law requires California utilities to get 20% of their power from renewable sources by the end of 2010.

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