Eurus Energy, NRG Solar Building 45 MW Photovoltaic Facility

Eurus Energy America and NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., have partnered to build what the companies say will be the largest solar photovoltaic generating facility in California.

When operating at full capacity, the three Avenal solar projects – Avenal Park, Sun City and Sand Drag – will generate a total of 45 MW. The Avenal projects, located in Kings County, Calif., were developed by Eurus and are owned jointly by Eurus and NRG.

Eurus and NRG have completed construction financing on all three projects and given full notice to proceed on Sun City (20 MW) and Sand Drag (19 MW) to the Ryan Co. Inc., the engineering, procurement and contracting firm that will construct the Avenal projects. Ryan Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quanta Services, will begin mobilizing immediately to start construction, with the projects expected to achieve commercial operation in mid-2011.

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved the 20-year Avenal power purchase agreements with Pacific Gas & Electric. The Avenal projects will be built with thin-film solar panels provided by Sharp Electronics.

SOURCE: NRG Energy Inc.

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