Construction officially began at San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) approximately $1.9 billion, 117-mile Sunrise Powerlink transmission line. Construction on the underground portion of the new power line, which will increase the reliability of the power grid and transport renewable wind, solar and geothermal energy to San Diego, started in Alpine, Calif.Â
When completed in 2012, the 500 kV Sunrise Powerlink electric superhighway will have the capacity to carry at least 1,000 MW of clean power.
‘This transmission line opens the door for additional green investments and job creation in the Imperial Valley, while helping us meet our renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and improving the reliability of our power grid,’ says Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.
The new transmission line will transport power from the abundant renewable energy resources within California's Imperial Valley to electricity customers in San Diego.
SOURCE: San Diego Gas & Electric