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Sempra U.S. Gas & Power says the cities of Los Angeles and Burbank, Calif., have approved a 20-year agreement to purchase 250 MW of solar power from Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's proposed Copper Mountain Solar 3 project, which will be constructed in Boulder City, Nev., approximately 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

The Copper Mountain Solar 3 agreement provides the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) with the bulk of the power produced by the solar power plant - 210 MW - through an agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA).

SCPPA is a joint powers authority consisting of 11 municipal utilities and one irrigation district that finances power and transmission resources on behalf of its members. LADWP is one of the members, as is the City of Burbank. Burbank will purchase the remaining 40 MW.

Power will be delivered from the plant to Southern California through a substation and transmission lines operated by LADWP.

Construction on the 1,370-acre Copper Mountain Solar 3 project is expected to begin next month. Copper Mountain Solar 3 and its two adjacent Copper Mountain Solar facilities in the Nevada desert will combine to create one of the largest solar power complexes in the Southwest, Sempra notes.

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