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5/7/2014 6:00:00 AM
NextEra Energy Resources and PG&E flips the switch at Genesis Solar Energy Center
Photo special to the TimesPictured with the light switch (left to right): CEO, PG&E, Anthony Earley; CEO, NextEra Energy Resources, Armando Pimentel; Commissioner, CPUC, Michael Picker; and Commissioner, CEC, David Hochschild.
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Pictured with the light switch (left to right): CEO, PG&E, Anthony Earley; CEO, NextEra Energy Resources, Armando Pimentel; Commissioner, CPUC, Michael Picker; and Commissioner, CEC, David Hochschild.
Special to the Times


BLYTHE, Calif. - NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy officially dedicated the company's Genesis Solar Energy Center located off Wiley's Well Road approximately 20 miles west of Blythe. Approximately 150 local residents, federal, state and local officials and energy industry leaders, gathered at the new solar facility, which is capable of generating 250 megawatts (MW) of solar power, enough electricity to meet the energy needs of 88,000 California homes.

All of the power generated by the Genesis Solar Energy Center is being provided to Pacific Gas & Electric Company under a long-term contract.

"We are proud to be a part of an initiative that contributes to California's renewable energy supply and helps to power Riverside County's local economy," said Armando Pimentel, president and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy Resources. "Reaching this important project milestone would not have been possible without the cooperation and hard work of all our project partners."

"PG&E remains fully on track to meet California's clean energy goals by 2020," said Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corporation. "Today more than half of the electricity we provide to our customers comes from greenhouse-gas-free sources, including the nation's largest utility-owned hydroelectric system and Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Thanks to projects like the Genesis Solar Energy Center with NextEra Energy, we'll continue to be among the nation's leaders in clean energy."

The Genesis Solar Energy Center is located on approximately 1,950 acres of land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County. The solar facility, which is comprised of two identical 125-MW generating units, entered service in November 2013 and March 2014, respectively. The project is delivering significant environmental benefits, including the avoidance of approximately 330,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing more than 68,000 passenger vehicles off the road. The project is owned and operated by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources.

Development on the Genesis Solar Project began in 2007. Genesis received its license from the California Energy Commission in September 2010, and its right-of-way grant from the Bureau of Land Management in December 2010. Since breaking ground in January 2011, the project employed approximately 1,700 construction workers who logged more than 3.8 million man-hours of work at the facility. In addition, more than 60 California businesses contributed to the project through services ranging from materials, equipment, utilities, labor, housing, and food and beverage.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

Fair Go seems like good people. This is the prime example of how good people are institutionalized. Let's all do an experiment. In the URL section at the top of your ISP web page, type in www.Cityof Blythe.ca.gov then when the page comes up find the Council agendas and select the (Most recent archive item). You will see a 4-8-2014.pdf, click on it. IF you have Adobe reader it will display the minutes of the last council meeting. There is a page counter in the upper left hand corner of the page. It shows how many pages the document has and what page you're on now. If you scroll down so the page counter is at 42, that is the beginning of the building permits the City processed for the month of March. You will see there are 12 permits for solar PV installations. You can also see what company did the installation. There are three different companies listed. Some of your friends and neighbors have installed solar and there are at least three companies in competition with each other that services the Blythe area. Basically for the Month of March in Blythe 27% of the building permits issued were for solar PV installations.

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

@Fair Go: I checked a few years ago is the problem. Check again, www.dsireusa.org. In just the last 8 years, the cost of a solar PV system is about half. You can install a 6KW peak solar PV system on your roof for right at 30K. Then there is the 30% Federal tax credit that allows you to decrease the cost of that system to 21K. 58K is so 10 years ago and not valid today. Go to COSTCO online and look at their 5KW peak system for 14K. Like many, you have become a victim of your own excuses. All the while the bank takes your money and gives you a whopping %0.5 to 1% interest so they can invest your money and make up to %8. So what's it going to be 30K in the bank at %0.5 or little to no electric bill for life. What's the better return?

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Fair Go .

That's all well and good, Mr. Palermo, but I can't afford an added cost of putting Solar on my house. I got quoted $58,000 when I looked into it a few years back but couldn't get financed. I know there are other companies which I have approached and they try to help but no one seems to come out this far to service the Blythe area. Every time I speak to a rep that call me on the phone they are all gung-ho and then the next call, I'm sorry we don't service your area or we don't go out that far. So like a lot of people here in Blythe we're stuck with level pay, and high monthly bills.

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

@Fair Go Fair Go: You can get relief from $500 a month electric bills right now, if you want to install your own solar PV system. The last City Council minutes had a section with the number of building permits issued. Several homes installed their own solar PV system. You can try Gosolarcalifornia or the Federal energy site www.dsireusa.org. Both have the information needed to make a decision to install solar on your home. When Edison and PG&E are through they will soon ask for a rate increase to help offset the amount of money it will take to decommission the San Onofre plant. Right now Edison is proposing changing the tiered rates again. They want about 16 cents per KWh for the first tier and then a second tier of about 19 to 20 cents per KWh. This would do away with their 4 tier system, but be assured it will cost you more per KWh over the course of the year. Time for you to go solar.

Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Article comment by: Fair Go Fair Go

Ok, it's great to have all these fossil free electricity alternatives. But when does Blythe and the surrounding communities get some relief from the $400 and $500 plus monthly bills? We've had a power station just out of Blythe for some 10 years now, but we can't get service from it because Blythe doesn't use enough electricity to able to take advantage of recourses in our own back yard.



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