Agua Caliente Solar Project delivers first 100 MW onto the grid

The project's construction phase is creating an average of 400 jobs, with over 80 percent of the workforce coming from Arizona

Tempe, Ariz., April 26, 2012 — Representatives from NRG Energy, Inc., MidAmerican Solar and First Solar, Inc. gathered with federal and local officials today at the 290 MW Agua Caliente solar project in Yuma County, Ariz., to celebrate the project's first 100 MW being delivered to the grid.

Once completed in 2014, Agua Caliente will be one of the world's largest PV power plants, supplying enough clean, renewable solar energy to power more than 225,000 homes. The project's construction phase is creating an average of 400 jobs, with over 80 percent of the workforce coming from Arizona.

First Solar designed and is constructing the project using its advanced thin-film photovoltaic modules and will operate and maintain the facility for NRG and MidAmerican Solar.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has a long-term power purchase agreement for all of the project's generation, which is projected to offset about 5.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over 25 years, the equivalent of taking over 40,000 cars off the road annually.

Agua Caliente was named Solar Project of the Year by Renewable Energy World, a leading industry magazine.

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