NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) and its unit NRG Solar, completed the NRG Solar Borrego I Project in Borrego Springs.
Located 90 miles east of San Diego, California, the 26 MW solar photovoltaic facility started commercial operations in February 2013 and is currently producing clean, renewable electricity for SDG&E customers.
At full capacity, Borrego can generate enough solar power to meet the energy demands of about 20,800 homes. This means that the facility can potentially avoid the emission of 33,000 tons of carbon into the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 6,000 cars off the road.
Electricity produced at Borrego is being sold to SDG&E under a 25-year power purchase agreement. In addition to the economic and environmental benefits to the local community, it also provides the state of California with a new source of renewable energy to help achieve renewable portfolio standards.
Borrego is one of eight large-scale photovoltaic solar facilities owned or co-owned by NRG that currently produces clean solar power for thousands of homes and businesses in three states. The other seven completed or partially completed plants are Agua Caliente (under construction) and Avra Valley in Arizona; Roadrunner in New Mexico; and Avenal, Blythe, Alpine and California Valley Solar Ranch (under construction) in California.
NRG Solar LLC, a unit of NRG, has more than 2,000 MW of photovoltaic and solar thermal projects in operation, under construction or in development across the Southwestern U.S.