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Sempra U.S. Gas and Power, a subsidiary of locally-based Sempra Energy, announced yesterday that it has secured agreements with the cities of Los Angeles and Burbank to purchase power from Copper Mountain Solar 3, an array of solar panels the utility plans to build outside Boulder City, Nevada.

The 1,370 acre facility, which Sempra hopes to break ground on next month, will generate 250 megawatts of power, 210 of which is covered under the new agreement. By comparison, the project will produce about 11 percent of what San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is capable of when operating at full capacity. The expected completion date for the array is sometime in late 2015.

“It is high time Los Angeles kicked its addiction to dirty coal energy and I am proud we are setting an example for a successful, cost-efficient transition to renewable energy,” said Los Angeles’ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a release touting the agreements.

Burbank’s share of the power purchase will bring it within 1 percent of the goal set by the city to source a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

With Sempra and its partners’ other solar investments spanning from eastern San Diego County across the state and into Arizona and Nevada, the company hopes to produce 1,400 megawatts of energy from renewable sources by 2016.

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