NRG Solar, a unit of NRG Energy, achieved commercial operation at two solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities that the company bought from Recurrent Energy earlier in 2013. The two California-based solar PV facilities, totaling 40 MW, deliver electricity to Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
The solar energy plants are known as Kansas South and TA-High Desert. The facilities are located in Lancaster, California and Kings County, California.
The project in Lancaster reached commercial operation in March of this year and the Kings County project began operations this June. Recurrent Energy developed both projects, which will be owned and operated by NRG.
During their first year of operation, the projects are expected to generate enough renewable power to offset the electricity use of roughly 11,800 average U.S. homes over a year at peak daytime capacity.
The two projects are part of eleven large-scale photovoltaic solar facilities owned by NRG that currently produce clean solar power for thousands of homes and businesses throughout three states. The other nine completed, or partially completed, plants are Agua Caliente (under construction) and Avra Valley in Arizona; Roadrunner in New Mexico; and Avenal, Blythe, Borrego, Alpine, Ivanpah (under construction) and California Valley Solar Ranch (under construction) in California.