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Copper Mountain Solar 4
Location: Boulder City, NV
Capacity: 94 MW
Homes Powered: About 41,000 (CA)
Completed: Year-end 2016
Customer: Southern California Edison

Copper Mountain Solar 4 is the fourth phase of the landmark Copper Mountain Solar complex in Boulder City, Nevada, one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar facilities in the country.

Construction activities on the 94-megawatt (MW) expansion project began in 2015. The project created about 350 construction jobs at peak, and was completed by year-end 2016. It produces enough electricity to power approximately 41,000 California homes.

Starting in 2020, renewable electricity generated from the facility will be sold to Southern California Edison under a 20-year power purchase agreement. In the interim, from project completion in 2016 until the contract starts in 2020, output will be sold to off takers within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) market.

Benefits

  • Created about 350 construction jobs 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 191,500 tons annually, the equivalent of taking approximately 40,500 cars off the road