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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sun-generated electricity arrives in San Diego region

Today, an agreement was announced that will move our region toward its sustainability goals and bring tremendous benefit to San Diego’s clean technology industry, creating hundreds of jobs for our residents.

San Diego Gas & Electric has signed an agreement to purchase the power generated at a massive solar plant to be built in the Imperial County. This project will bring enough sun-generated electricity to the San Diego region to power more than 55,000 households.

But it will also bring jobs to San Diego. That’s because the solar modules used at the power plant will be produced right here in San Diego County. Soitec – the company that will produce the solar modules – will be building a manufacturing facility here.

At full capacity, this facility will provide 450 jobs in skilled manufacturing to San Diegans. With this come additional economic benefits for San Diego. The San Diego Workforce Partnership estimates this will also create more than 1,000 indirect jobs and $23 million in sales tax revenue.

The San Diego region is, without a doubt, quickly becoming the nation’s clean-energy capital. This project is an example of how SDG&E, Cleantech San Diego, the EDC and the City are working together with private renewable companies to make that happen.

It’s a model for how the shift toward clean energy use can be a boon for our region's economy, and I’m proud San Diego is leading the way.