NRG Solar has reached commercial operation of two PV solar projects in California, adding 40MW to the grid.
The two projects total 40MW capacity, and were bought from developers Recurrent Energy earlier this year. They will generate electricity, which will be distributed by Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
One project is in Lancaster and another in Kings County, California. The Lancaster facility has been operating since March this year and Kings County since June.
“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 a portfolio of 11 large solar projects across three states owned by NRG. The other nine 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 also installed solar projects for luxury hotels in the US earlier this year.