NRG Energy completes 6 MW community clean energy project in California


Leading U.S. renewable energy developer NRG Energy has this week completed a 6 MW community clean energy project in California.

One of the first of its kind in the U.S., the NRG Community 1 Solar Generating Facility has been developed in collaboration with the Center for Energy Sustainability at San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Imperial Valley Campus.

The Boeing Company was on hand to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the project, which has already agreed a 25-year power purchase agreement with local utility, Imperial Irrigation District.

The utility provider will sell the solar power at a competitive rate to customers signed up to the local community solar program, which is similar to a previous NRG-backed community scheme launched in Vermont, whereby low-cost, clean energy is available to households that may not have the means to install their own solar rooftop arrays.

"We’re truly excited to empower the Imperial Irrigation District community solar program, which brings pioneering spirit and clean technology to their customers while doing something that will help ensure the future of our planet," said NRG senior vice president Randy Hickok.

Covering some 37 acres of SDSU-owned land, the Community 1 solar facility has 25,000 solar modules capable of powering 2,200 local households annually.

"Clean, affordable and secure power is important around the world," said Boeing VP for ventures, Tim Noonan. "Boeing relied on its strong supply chain management, systems engineering, program management and performance-based logistics to build the Community 1 solar power plant.

"We look forward to scaling collaboration on future projects with our partners at NRG."

The Community 1 solar facility is the first collaboration between boeing and NRG. The two companies are also in the process of completing a 25.65 MW solar facility on Guam. The Dandan Solar Facility will become the island’s first solar installation once completed later this year.