First Solar Inc. and NRG Energy Inc. have announced that the largest photovoltaic solar project in California has achieved commercial operation. First Solar developed and built the 21 MW power plant in Blythe, Calif., which was acquired last month by NRG through its wholly owned subsidiary, NRG Solar.
Located in Riverside County about 200 miles east of Los Angeles, the Blythe plant is the largest thin-film PV project in the U.S. and is five times the size of the next-largest PV project in California, according to NRG Solar. NRG estimates that at peak capacity, the project can supply the power needs of almost 17,000 homes while helping California meet its renewable energy goals.
The project utilizes First Solar's thin-film PV panels and will generate over 45,000 MWh of electricity per year. First Solar will provide operations and maintenance services at the Blythe project under a long-term contract with NRG, and electricity generated by the solar facility will be sold to Southern California Edison under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
SOURCE: NRG Energy Inc.