CPUC Commissioner  Timothy Alan Simon.
CPUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon.

CPUC Approves Solar Project for PG&E to Meet State’s Renewable Power Goals

CPUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) renewable energy power purchase agreement with Mojave Solar, LLC on Nov. 10. The project is expected to generate about 830 jobs in Southern California over the next two years.
Mojave Solar, LLC, an affiliate of Abengoa, is developing a 250-megawatt concentrating solar power parabolic trough renewable energy generation facility in San Bernardino County. The Mojave Solar project was selected through PG&E’s 2007 Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation.
Abengoa, the project developer, has made a commitment to diversity by undertaking an outreach effort to recruit minority contractors as part of the construction of the Mojave Solar Project.
The project will provide local construction jobs in a region with an unemployment rate of 15.1 percent. The Mojave Solar project will employ local construction workers and offer apprenticeship training for minority communities.
“Abengoa’s outreach to minority, women, and disabled veteran subcontractors will benefit local economic development and job creation,” said CPUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon. “I commend Abengoa for its voluntary commitment to diversity in its hiring and procurement objectives for construction and professional services in building this solar thermal facility.”
 The proposal, which was voted on Nov. 10, is available at http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/WORD_PDF/AGENDA_RESOLUTION/149349.pdf.