Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Energizes First Phase Of Arizona Solar Project

    Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Energizes First Phase Of Arizona Solar Project

Solar Farm Ranks Among Largest Photovoltaic Installations in U.S.

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra U.S. Gas & Power today
announced that it has completed construction of Mesquite Solar 1, the first
150-megawatt (MW) phase of the company's Mesquite Solar complex in Arlington,
Ariz., about 40 miles west of Phoenix. The photovoltaic solar energy project
is nowoperational and ranks among the largest in the U.S., generating enough
clean electricity to power about 56,000 homes.

"We are pleased to continue the momentum of our solar program with the
completion of Mesquite Solar 1 and will now focus on the development of the
remaining 4,000-acre complex," said Jeffrey W. Martin, president and chief
executive officer of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. "This accomplishment puts us
solidly on track to own and operate more than 1,000 megawatts of renewable
energy capacity by the end of this year. We are excited about the future.
This milestone would not have been possible without the strong support of
neighboring communities, regulators and local and state elected officials."

"Arizona continues to lead the nation in the production of clean, renewable
solar energy," said Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer. "Projects like Sempra U.S. Gas &
Power's Mesquite Solar 1 not only create clean energy, they also generate
quality jobs for Arizonans. I am thrilled to see our great state at the
forefront of this promising industry and I look forward to Arizona continuing
to establish itself as our nation's solar capital."

Construction began in June 2011 and employed more than 450 workers. The power
has been sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 20-year contract. Future
phases planned at the solar complex could produce up to 700 MW, making it one
of North America's largest solar power installations.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and
natural gas solutions. The company operates solar, wind and natural gas power
plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 1 million homes, along with
natural gas storage, pipelines and distribution utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas &
Power is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy
services holding company with 2011 revenues of $10 billion. The Sempra Energy
companies' nearly 17,500 employees serve about 31 million consumers
worldwide. For more information, visit www.SempraUSGP.com.

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Sempra International, LLC, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, are not the same
companies as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas
Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra International, LLC and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power,
LLC are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.Sempra
International's underlying entities include Sempra Mexico and Sempra South
American Utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's underlying entities include
Sempra Renewables and Sempra Natural Gas.

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Contact: Media, Art Larson, Sempra Energy, 1-877-340-8875,
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