NRG Energy, MidAmerican complete 290 MW PV facility

NRG Solar and MidAmerican Solar have completed their 290 MW Agua Caliente PV facility in Arizona.

Located on 2,400 (971.2 hectares) of land between Yuma and Phoenix, the plant, one of the biggest PV installations in the world, can power 230,000 homes at peak capacity. Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) will purchase electricity generated by the station under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Designed and constructed by First Solar, the installation uses the company’s advanced thin-film photovoltaic modules. First Solar will also operate and maintain the facility for NRG and MidAmerican Solar.

The project, which created 400 jobs during construction, received a $967 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office.

Agua Caliente is the largest of 10 operational utility-scale PV facilities in three states in which NRG Solar, a subsidiary of energy giant NRG Energy, holds a stake.

"Large-scale utility accomplishments, like our Agua Caliente project, raise the bar in terms of our clean-energy technology and production," said NRG Solar President Tom Doyle.

"Proving that we can build both the world’s largest solar thermal and now one of the world’s largest solar photovoltaic facilities advances NRG’s mission to reshape the energy landscape that is incredibly beneficial to both the economy and in how we produce and consume energy," Doyle added.