By Editors of Power Engineering
NextEra Energy Resources announced the company has officially commissioned the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers in California.
Combined, the centers have a generating capacity of 485 MW, enough to power over 181,000 homes. The power generated will be purchased by Southern California Edison.
"These projects represent a more than $1.2 billion investment in California and a tremendous step forward to help the state meet its renewable energy goals," said Armando Pimentel, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources, which built and will own and operate the projects.
Blythe and McCoy feature more than four million solar panels with trackers that follow the sun during the day to maximize energy production. The arrays operate on 4,000 acres of land in Riverside County.
The projects will avoid an estimated 774,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would have been produced if the electricity had been generated by hydrocarbons.