Overall, the Borrego I Solar Generating Station is expected to generate enough energy to meet the annual needs of around 9,000 households. A PPA was signed with SDG&E in early 2011. At the time, construction work was scheduled to be completed by mid-2012. It is said to be the first renewable energy generation plant to have come online in the area since 2006.
"Borrego is our first utility-scale solar facility providing power to the San Diego area, helping to create local construction jobs and meet SDG&E’s demands for cost-competitive renewable sources of electricity," said Randy Hickok, senior VP of NRG Solar.
Overall, NRGs photovoltaic portfolio comprises eight large-scale projects, including Agua Caliente (290 MW, under construction) and Avra Valley (26 MW) in Arizona; Roadrunner (20 MW) in New Mexico; and Avenal (45 MW), Blythe, Alpine (66 MW) and California Valley Solar Ranch (250 MW, under construction) in California.
"A ninth solar plant that is not yet producing power, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California, is expected to be completed before the end of this year," said NRG in a statement released.