NextEra dedicates 250-MW Genesis Solar project in California

NextEra Energy Resources LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), announced April 24 the official dedication of the company’s Genesis Solar Energy Center, located in Riverside County, Calif.

Approximately 150 local residents, federal, state and local officials and energy industry leaders, gathered April 24 at the new solar facility, which is capable of generating 250 MW. All of the power generated by the Genesis Solar Energy Center is being provided to Pacific Gas & Electric under a long-term contract.

“We are proud to be a part of an initiative that contributes to California’s renewable energy supply and helps to power Riverside County’s local economy,” said Armando Pimentel, president and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy Resources. “Reaching this important project milestone would not have been possible without the cooperation and hard work of all our project partners.”

“PG&E remains fully on track to meet California’s clean energy goals by 2020,” said Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corp. (NYSE: PCG). “Today more than half of the electricity we provide to our customers comes from greenhouse-gas-free sources, including the nation’s largest utility-owned hydroelectric system and Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Thanks to projects like the Genesis Solar Energy Center with NextEra Energy, we’ll continue to be among the nation’s leaders in clean energy.”

The Genesis project is located on approximately 1,950 acres of land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County. The solar facility, which is comprised of two identical 125-MW units, entered service in November 2013 and March 2014. The project is owned and operated by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources.

NextEra Energy Resources is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 18,300 megawatts of generating capacity primarily in 24 states and Canada as of year-end 2013.

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.