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Solar facility opens in Brawley

NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) has announced the completion of the NRG Community 1 Solar Generating Facility in the Imperial Valley.

The project in Brawley was developed by Sol Orchard in collaboration with the Center for Energy Sustainability at San Diego State University’s Imperial Valley campus.

The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) provided engineering, procurement and construction support for the project.

The six megawatt Community 1 solar facility covers nearly 37 acres of land owned by SDSU and has more than 25,000 modules that will generate enough emission-free electricity to power approximately 2,200 homes at full capacity. Additionally, it will reduce emissions and lower the demand on the Southern California electricity grid.

The Imperial Irrigation District will purchase all energy generated by the facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement, and sell it at a competitive rate to interested customers through a community solar program. This program creates an alternative for homes and facilities that may not be ideal candidates for rooftop systems while ensuring that renewable energy reaches as many consumers as possible.

NRG's retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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