NextEra Energy breaks ground on solar power projects in California

NextEra Energy Resources began construction of two solar photovoltaic systems on separate sites in southern California. The solar PV systems will be ground mounted on 20-acre privately owned sites in Apple Valley, California, and Blythe, California.

The projects are part of the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff program, a feed-in tariff program for eligible renewable energy projects under 1.5 MW. Southern California Edison (SCE) will purchase all of the solar power output from the PV systems under the terms of two 20-year power purchase agreements for each site.

Each site consists of two identical 1.5 MW ground-mounted fixed solar systems with a combined total of about 23,000 solar panels installed. These projects are expected to reach commercial operation by the end of 2014 and in the first quarter of 2015, respectively.

NextEra owns and operates 18,300 MW of generating capacity primarily in 24 states and Canada as of year-end 2013. NextEra Energy Resources LLC is a unit of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy Inc.

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