Recurrent Energy announces that six large projects it developed in California and Arizona are now online. The projects, which Google and KKR invested in, are expected to generate enough clean solar electricity to power more than 17,000 U.S. homes.
Solar project developer Recurrent Energy today announced the commercial operation of six solar PV projects totaling 106 MW peak (MWp)/88 MW AC (MWac) in Southern California and Arizona.
Five projects in Southern California and one in Arizona will provide power to three offtakers, including Southern California Edison. In total, the six projects will generate enough clean solar electricity to power more than 17,000 U.S. homes.
Google and global investment firm KKR invested in the projects. Google continues to make serious investments in solar as part of their focus on renewables.
“These six solar projects represent tremendous collaboration with county officials, the local communities, wildlife agencies and power utilities,” said Sheldon Kimber, COO of Recurrent Energy. “Working with these key stakeholders where these projects are sited helps move us into a new era of clean and affordable power.”
The development and operation of these six projects has provided the California and Arizona communities where they’re located with local investment and both short-term and long-term jobs. In aggregate, the six projects created more than 500 jobs during the construction phase alone.
“Kern County is quickly becoming the renewable energy center for California, and we welcome the economic and environmental benefits that solar investment can deliver to our communities,” said Zack Scrivner, Board of Supervisors, Kern County. “We are proud to have contributed to 55 megawatts of clean solar power being brought online.”
These six solar PV projects make up the second Recurrent Energy developed portfolio acquired by Google and KKR in November 2013. The first portfolio acquired, consisting of four projects, was announced in December 2011.
“At Google we believe that investing in renewable energy is good for business and good for the environment,” said Kojo Ako-Asare, Google’s Head of Corporate Finance. “We’re pleased that these facilities have come online, generating both energy and jobs for the local community.”
“With these newly operational facilities, we are growing our clean energy resources in North America,” said Ravi Gupta, a senior member of KKR’s Infrastructure team. “We are grateful to all the parties who worked hard to make everything operational in record time.”