NRG Renew LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), today announced plans to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility that will generate clean, reliable solar power for delivery to Cisco’s San Jose headquarters. NRG Renew LLC will convert its NRG Solar Blythe II location, a 153-acre parcel under development by NRG since 2010, into a solar installation that will help Cisco reach its goal of using renewable sources for at least 25 percent of its electricity needs by 2017. Electricity generated by the solar installation will be sold to Cisco under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), increasing Cisco headquarters’ total use of clean, emission-free electricity. The project is scheduled to begin commercial operation by the end of 2016.
Located in the Sonoran Desert near the Arizona and California border, the NRG Solar Blythe II location receives plentiful sunshine. The photovoltaic technology to be installed on-site requires no fuel and minimal water. The amount of emission-free energy generated is expected to be equivalent to the power needed to serve more than 14,000 homes and to prevent more than 102,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually, which is the equivalent of removing more than 21,000 cars from the road. During the construction period, the project is anticipated to create approximately 200 jobs.
“Partnerships with industry leaders like Cisco are a key part of our vision for a clean energy future because they reinforce just how integral renewable energy is to the everyday nature of business,” said Tom Doyle, president and CEO of NRG Renew. “We are proud to work with Cisco to develop unique renewable solutions that help them reach their sustainability goals.”
“Enabling a diverse energy supply through low-carbon and renewable sources is key to meeting Cisco’s energy goals set forth in 2013. We thoroughly vetted potential solutions to help us realize our sustainability goals and are thrilled to collaborate with NRG to source renewable energy and increase our use of solar power. We look forward to exploring new, innovative ways to green the power we use,” said Ali Ahmed, Global Energy and Sustainability Leader, Cisco.
Cisco has also installed approximately 2MW of solar at Cisco facilities over the past two years, including a new system in Boxborough, Mass. In addition to using electricity from certified low-carbon and renewable sources, Cisco is committed to reducing its energy consumption by improving the efficiency of its buildings.
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