NRG Solar has secured a US$19.2 million loan from North American Development Bank (NADB) to fund the development of a 5MW PV system at a university in San Diego.

As part of the development plans, the San Diego State University (SDSU) Imperial Valley Campus located in Brawley, California, will become home to the 5MW system which will cover approximately 16 hectares of the campus.

The system will be equipped with polycrystalline modules supplied by Trina Solar mounted on ViaSol single-axis trackers. It will interconnect to the Imperial Irrigation District’s (IID) grid at a point located approximately one and a half miles east of the project site. EPC services will be provided by Boeing.

The solar park is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the demand of around 1,935 households. Output will be sold to the IID, a Californian irrigation district and a publicly-owned utility, under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

SDSU will have access to the facility for research and educational purposes.

“Nothing is more critical to current and future sustainability efforts than the growing availability and diversity of environmentally friendly choices,” said NRG’s Richard Grosdidier, senior vice president of commercial execution. “We welcome the opportunity to reinforce our clean energy activity of providing clean, sustainable solar energy to the region, as well as offering a unique learning opportunity for the students at SDSU.”