PG&E Signs Agreements With Six Solar Plants In Central California

Kings, Tulare and San Luis Obispo counties could get a combined six new solar plants under power-purchase agreements approved by the California Public Utilities Commission Friday.

If built, the developments would add substantially to the Valley's emerging solar-hub status. They could start generating up to 170 megawatts of power as early as 2012, according to this press release from the CPUC. That's enough to power from 85,000 to 170,000 houses.

This announcement comes on the heels of a deal between PG&E and North Star Solar for a proposed 60-megawatt plant in Mendota that could be operational in mid-2013.

The state wants utilities to get 33% of their power portfolio from renewables by 2020. The deserts of Southern California are also receiving much interest from solar developers.

(Photo of Ivanpah solar project in Southern California by BrightSource Energy)