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CPUC Approves Solar Project For PG&E to Help Meet CA's Renewable Power Goals

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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 Thursday, November 10. The project is expected to generate an average of 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.

PG&E initially submitted a power purchase agreement wi th Mojave Solar on October 27, 2009.

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, will employ local construction workers and offer apprenticeship training for minority communities.

"Abengoa's outreach to minority, women, and disabled veteran subcontractors is consistent with Assembly Bill 2758 and CPUC General Order 156 rules and will benefit local economic development and job creation," said Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon, CPUC. "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 November 10, is available at http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/WORD_ PDF/AGENDA_RESOLUTION/14 9349.pdf. For more information on the CPUC, please visi t www.cpuc.ca.gov.

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