NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE) said on Thursday it had officially dedicated its 250-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) centre in Riverside County, California.
The Genesis solar energy facility consists of two identical 125-MW parks, capable of producing enough electricity to satisfy the power needs of 88,000 local households. The two separate parks commenced operations in November 2013 and March 2014, respectively.
All of the generated electricity will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSEMKT:PCG-A) under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). An affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC owns and operates the plant.
NextEra started developing the project in 2007 and broke ground in January 2011, after receiving its license from the California Energy Commission and a right-of-way grant from the Bureau of Land Management in late 2010. About 1,700 workers were employed during the construction process.
Last month, daily The Desert Sun reported that Riverside County supervisors had approved NextEra’s 750-MW McCoy solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in California.