Avenal Solar Facility Starts Generating Power

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08.08.2011
Princeton, New Jersey  United States

NRG Solar and Eurus Energy America Corporation have begun commercial operations at the 45-megawatt Avenal Solar Generating Facility, the largest solar photovoltaic generating facility in California.

When operating at full capacity, the three solar projects that comprise Avenal—Avenal Park, Sun City and Sand Drag—generate enough clean, renewable power to meet the needs of 36,000 homes, while creating as many as 200 new jobs in an economically challenged area. The facility, located in Kings County, was developed by Eurus and is owned jointly by Eurus and NRG.

“Only two years ago, NRG began its expansion into solar power by bringing online the largest photovoltaic plant in California at that time—today, we repeat that accomplishment by commencing operations at Avenal,” said Tom Doyle, President of NRG’s Solar and West Region. “We are excited to celebrate the success of our partnership with Eurus as we advance the development of solar power in California to help meet the state’s ambitious renewable energy goals.”

“Eurus Energy is committed to bringing well-located and highly viable renewable energy projects on-line in a responsible and timely manner,” said Mark E. Anderson, President and CEO of Eurus Energy America. “Our ability to deploy capital and generate jobs locally in California while also helping the State in its drive towards a clean energy based economy is due to the collective efforts of many, including Kings County, the City of Avenal and PG&E.”

Power from the facility will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under separate 20-year power purchase agreements.