NRG fires up 40MW of California PV

US power utility NRG has commissioned two PV arrays totaling 40MW in California, having bought the projects earlier this year from solar developer Recurrent Energy.

The output is being sold to Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric under long-term power purchase agreements.

With the Kansas South and TA-High Desert projects on line – located in Lancaster and Kings County, California, respectively – NRG Solar now boasts eight operational large-scale PV arrays, the company says.

Further underscoring its position as one of the pre-eminent generators of solar energy in the US, NRG also owns or co-owns the 270MW Agua Caliente (PV), the 250MW California Valley Solar Ranch (PV), and the 392MW Ivanpah (concentrated solar power) projects – all three of which are currently under construction.

The deal marked the first between NRG and San Francisco-based Recurrent, with NRG Solar chief executive calling it the “beginning of what I hope will be a long-lasting business relationship”.

Last month Recurrent announced it had finished work at six of nine PV projects totaling 100MW in Canada’s Ontario province, which it is building for Mitsubishi Corporation and Osaka Gas.