NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), through its wholly owned unit NRG Solar, announced the start of commercial operations for the Borrego I Solar Generating Station, a 26 MW (AC) photovoltaic facility located northeast of Borrego Springs, Calif. The station’s electricity will be sold to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
The Borrego facility will generate enough solar energy to meet the annual needs of about 9,000 homes. Using renewable solar power also avoids the annual emission of about 19,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 3,500 cars off the road.
Borrego is one of eight large-scale solar power facilities in NRG’s ownership portfolio that is currently producing 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.
A ninth solar plant that is not yet producing power, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California, is expected to be completed before the end of this year.
In addition to developing California’s largest solar portfolio currently under contract, NRG is investing more than $100 million to build the nation’s first comprehensive, privately funded electric vehicle infrastructure. NRG plans to install thousands of charging stations at homes, offices, multi-family communities and retail locations throughout major metropolitan areas in California, Texas and the Washington D.C./Maryland/Northern Virginia region.
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.