PITTSBURG -- Planning commissioners this week adopted a staff recommendation for approval of a proposal to build a 20-megawatt solar power facility that would meet the annual energy needs of about 6,000 single-family homes throughout the service area of Pacific Gas & Electric.

The proposal will now go the City Council for consideration at its April 8 meeting.

Columbia Solar Energy, a subsidiary of New York-based LS Power, is the developer of the project, which would be built on a leased 115-acre grassland parcel owned by USS-Posco Industries. The parcel was once used as a landfill for waste produced by the steel mill before it went through an extensive cleanup process several years ago under the direction of the state Department of Toxic Substances.

The electricity generated by the project would be sold to PG&E to help the utility meet a state mandate requiring 33 percent of its energy portfolio come from renewable resources by 2020.

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