Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, announced recently that it has completed construction of the first phase of a 92-megawatt photovoltaic solar power facility in Nevada.

The power facility, known as Copper Mountain Solar 2, is located in Boulder City, approximately 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

The 1.5 million solar panels that are a part of phase one of the project are capable of generating clean electricity for 27,600 average homes, according to a news release.

Construction on phase one of the project started in December 2011, creating 630 jobs at the peak of construction. The facility occupies a 1,100-acre site.

The energy created at the Copper Mountain Solar 2 site is being sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 25-year contract, according to a news release.

Phase two of the project, slated to be completed in 2015, will produce an additional 58 megawatts of electricity for a total output of 150 megawatts from the facility.

“Sempra has been a great partner in turning Boulder City’s vision of a dedicated solar energy zone into a reality,” said Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler in a news release. “The economic benefits that these projects bring into our community directly benefit our citizens.”

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power also developed a 58-megwatt solar facility in Boulder City known as Copper Mountain Solar 1.

— SDBJ Staff Report