NRG Energy has announced that a newly commissioned, 20 MW AC solar energy facility is now generating solar power for technology conglomerate Cisco’s San Jose, Calif., headquarters. NRG says all electricity and renewable energy credits generated by its new plant will go to Cisco under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), increasing the Cisco headquarters’ total use of clean, emission-free electricity.
Called the Blythe II project, the solar facility took 12 months to build and created 220 jobs during the peak of construction in 2016, according to NRG. M+W Energy Inc., a company of the M+W Group, served as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.
The project sits on a 150-acre parcel in eastern Riverside County, Calif., adjacent to NRG’s Blythe I solar plant, and features 96,000 solar panels. It will help Cisco meet its 2017 sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% and to use renewable energy for at least 25% of its power needs each year.
“Companies like Cisco are driving an evolution in America’s energy mix as they seek cleaner sources of power that provide more certainty over energy costs,” says Craig Cornelius, president of NRG Renewables. “This solar facility – our 12th utility-scale solar project in California – is another great example of how Fortune 500 companies are making commitments to renewable power to meet their energy needs.”
Janet Ramey, senior vice president of employee services at Cisco, says of the project, “Solar PPAs like this help us meet our sustainability goals while adding more renewable energy to the grid. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to incorporate low- and no-carbon energy sources into our operations.”
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