NRG Energy Inc. and SunPower Corp. have completed the first 22 MW of the 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. Electricity from this first portion is now being delivered to the electric grid.
CVSR has created approximately 350 jobs since construction started in September 2011, and it is expected to inject $315 million into the local economy over its two-year construction period, according to the companies. NRG completed the acquisition of CVSR on Sept. 30, 2011.
Electricity from CVSR is being sold to Pacific Gas & Electric through 25-year power purchase agreements. NRG is the sole owner of the project, which is expected to be fully online by December 2013. SunPower designed the project, and is working with Bechtel to provide balance-of-plant engineering and procurement services and construction services.
Once completed the project is completed, NRG and SunPower will jointly operate and maintain CVSR for two years, after which NRG assumes sole responsibility.