New Projects, Renewables

NRG, MidAmerican begin operations at 290-MW solar PV plant in Arizona

NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) and MidAmerican Solar completed the 290-MW Agua Caliente Solar Photovoltaic Facility in Arizona.

The Agua Caliente project will sell its output to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE:PCG) under a 25-year power purchase agreement. It uses First Solar thin-film solar panels, and First Solar will maintain the facility. It was financed with support from a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office.

It is one of ten utility-scale solar PV facilities in three states in which NRG has ownership interest, including the 392-MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, the 250-MW California Valley Solar Ranch and the 66-MW Alpine solar projects, all located in California.

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