Agua Caliente nears completion

A unit of NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar say they have achieved “substantial completion” of the 290MW Agua Caliente solar PV facility in southwestern Arizona.

NRG Solar owns 51% of the project which will supply electricity for 230,000 homes in nearby California at peak capacity. MidAmerican Solar, a unit of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, is minority owner.

The project uses First Solar’s thin-film solar panels.

Pacific Gas and Electric is buying Agua Caliente’s power under a 25-year agreement.

The project received a $967m loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy. Agua Caliente is estimated to have cost $1.8bn to build.

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