NRG Energy commences operations at 66MW solar station in California, US
US-based NRG Energy has commenced commercial operations at its 66MW (AC) Alpine Solar Generating Station in California.
NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, executed the project on behalf of the company.
NRG Solar senior vice president Randy Hickok said that the Alpine Generating Station helps meet the increasing demand for clean electricity from renewable sources, reducing the utilization of fossil fuels.
"Large-scale solar generation like Alpine and other NRG solar sites provide clean energy during the hottest part of the day when it's needed most, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and the resulting carbon emissions," added Hickok.
Electricity produced at the facility will be procured by Pacific Gas & Electric, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Pacific Gas and Electric Energy Procurement senior vice president Fong Wan noted, "Pacific Gas and Electric Company remains committed to providing our customers with a comprehensive portfolio of energy resources that incorporates all forms of cost-effective clean energy as California marches forward into a clean energy future.
"The Alpine Solar Generating Station will help PG&E grow its clean energy portfolio and make progress towards California's 33 percent renewable energy goal," added Wan.
The Alpine array can power up to 53,000 homes annually, reducing approximately 36,000 tons of CO2 emissions.