BOULDER CITY, Nev., March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler today joined Sempra U.S. Gas & Power officials and community leaders to dedicate the state's newest solar energy project, the 92-megawatt (MW) first phase of the company's Copper Mountain Solar 2 facility in Boulder City. Copper Mountain Solar 2 is one of the North America's largest photovoltaic (PV) solar plants. When its second phase is completed in 2015, the project's total operating capacity will be 150 MW, or enough energy for 45,000 homes. The first phase of construction of Copper Mountain Solar 2 began in December 2011 and created approximately 650 construction jobs. The project employs 11 operators. "Large-scale projects such as this shows that Nevada continues to be a leader in developing renewable energy and is another step towards making our state the western hub of renewable energy activity," Gov. Sandoval said. "With an abundance of sunshine in the Silver State, this project will harness the sunlight and turn it into clean electricity, while creating jobs for Nevadans. I'm pleased to be a part of this dedication ceremony." "Our hats off to the leadership in the state of Nevada," said Jeffrey W. Martin, president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. "This state is a shining example of how a pro-growth business climate continues to attract clean energy investments. Our success here today also reflects the vision and leadership of Pacific Gas & Electric, which stepped forward to procure the output of this facility for the next 25 years." During the dedication, Martin announced the start of construction at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's largest solar project, Copper Mountain Solar 3. When completed in 2015, the project will be capable of generating 250 MW, or enough electricity to power about 80,000 homes. It will create an estimated 500 construction jobs and eight permanent positions. In all, Copper Mountain Solar 1, Copper Mountain Solar 2 and Copper Mountain Solar 3 will represent one of the largest solar power complexes in the U.S., capable of generating 458 MW.