NRG brings 40 MW of California solar into commercial operation

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG), through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, announced July 12 that two of the solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities the company acquired from Recurrent Energy earlier this year have reached commercial operation.

The two California based solar PV facilities, totaling 40 MW (AC), deliver electricity to Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).

“Credit goes to Recurrent Energy for developing assets of the quality that the Kansas South and TA-High Desert projects represent. This is our first transaction with Recurrent Energy and the beginning of what I hope will be a long lasting business relationship,” said Tom Doyle, president and CEO of NRG Solar.

The two solar PV facilities are located in Lancaster, Calif., and Kings County, Calif. Each facility has a peak capacity of 20 MW (AC). The project in Lancaster reached commercial operation in March and the Kings County project began operations in June. Recurrent Energy developed both projects, which will be owned and operated by NRG.

“NRG’s investment in these projects is a clear demonstration of solar’s ability to attract capital from well-established strategic investors,” said Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy. “This agreement provides an example of the upward trajectory for the solar industry as a viable, mainstream part of our energy economy.”

The two projects are part of eleven large-scale photovoltaic solar facilities owned by NRG. The other nine completed, or partially completed, plants are Agua Caliente (under construction) and Avra Valley in Arizona; Roadrunner in New Mexico; and Avenal, Blythe, Borrego, Alpine, Ivanpah (under construction) and California Valley Solar Ranch (under construction) in California.

NRG Solar has more than 2,000 MW of photovoltaic and solar thermal projects in operation, under construction or in development across the southwestern U.S.

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