NRG Energy Deploys 1,200 Megawatts of Solar Capacity to Capture Energy on Longest Day of the Year

  NRG Energy Deploys 1,200 Megawatts of Solar Capacity to Capture Energy on
  Longest Day of the Year

   Summer days ahead expected to bolster the 962,000 megawatt hours already
              generated by NRG’s solar energy facilities in 2014

Business Wire

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- June 20, 2014

Tomorrow, the northern hemisphere will reach summer solstice, the longest day
of the year. NRG Energy  (NYSE:NRG) is ready to make the most of it, with the
capacity to generate more than 1,200 megawatts (MW) of solar power, enough
electricity to support more than one million homes. Since the beginning of the
year, NRG’s utility-scale solar facilities have collectively produced more
than 957,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity from 12 major projects. Given
the timely start of summer, the power generated so far this year could power
9.6 million ceiling fans, 1.4 million refrigerators or 1.2 million pool pumps
for the entire year.

NRG Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Photo: Business Wire)

NRG Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Photo: Business Wire)

“NRG is committed to transforming the future of energy and expanding what is
possible for consumers through the use of renewable energy sources,” said Tom
Doyle, president for NRG’s solar and wind business unit. “The sun is our
cleanest and most abundant energy resource, and harnessing solar power is
driving a transformation to a clean energy economy. As people continue to
demand and embrace clean energy solutions and companies continue to innovate
further to provide them, we will start to see real progress in our fight
against climate change.”

NRG’s portfolio also includes interest in 125 distributed solar systems for a
variety of businesses and organizations that share the in the vision of a
clean energy future. These locations include hotels, universities and
hospitals, as well as several iconic installations powering the stadiums of
some of the country’s most beloved professional football teams.

This year, NRG expanded its solar capacity by completing several milestone
projects, including:

  *Ivanpah – Completed earlier this year, Ivanpah is the largest solar
    thermal facility in the world and is located near Ivanpah, Calif., in the
    Mojave Desert. On June 1, the plant produced 3,300 megawatt hours (MWh) of
    energy – a record for solar thermal production, all while having only used
    6 percent of its allotted 100 acrefeet of water this year. The Ivanpah
    Solar Electric Generation System, comprised of three separate plants,
    generates nearly 400 MW of electricity — enough to support a yearly
    average of 140,000 homes and more than twice that number when operating at
    maximum capacity during the peak hours of the day. Ivanpah is now
    producing half of the total solar thermal power in the state of
    California.
  *Agua Caliente – The Agua Caliente Solar Photovoltaic Facility that debuted
    in April is the largest, fully operational solar photovoltaic (PV) project
    in the world at 290 MW. Through an agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric,
    residents in Southern California are benefitting from Agua Caliente. The
    electricity generated at peak times is enough to serve more than 230,000
    homes and offsets approximately 324,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually,
    the equivalent of taking nearly 70,000 cars off the road.
  *Community Solar Initiatives – NRG partnered with Boeing for engineering,
    procurement and construction of the Community 1 Generating Facility in
    Brawley, Calif., a first-of-its-kind, community solar program. Local
    residents can opt to purchase energy from the facility through a community
    solar program, which offers the energy at a competitive rate. The
    Community 1 Generating Facility is a six-megawatt solar facility capable
    of generating enough emission-free electricity to power nearly 2,200
    homes. Additionally, it will reduce emissions and lower the demand on the
    Southern California electricity grid.

    NRG also constructed  a similar community solar project in Rutland,
    Vermont, that went online in May. A 150-kilowatt array within the city
    limits, the community serves 50 local residential and commercial customers
    who signed up for the service and in turn receive a credit on their
    electricity bill for the energy produced by the solar panels.

  *Global Initiatives – Earlier this year, NRG broke ground on a 25 MW solar
    project on the Island of Guam. The solar solution will offset the
    consumption of almost two million barrels of residual fuel oil and diesel,
    minimizing Guam’s reliance on imported fuel and the island’s carbon
    footprint.

    Additionally, NRG is developing a renewables-driven micro-grid for Necker
    Island, one of the British Virgin Islands, that will include solar
    technologies to help the island reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. At
    least 75 percent of the renewable-based solution will be powered by solar,
    wind and energy storage technologies.

  *Professional Football Stadiums – NRG is helping demonstrate to consumers
    the benefits of sustainable, reliable power by showcasing innovative
    technologies, such as solar panels, electric vehicle (EV) charging
    stations and energy-efficient LED lighting, at professional football
    stadiums throughout the country. By the end of 2014, the company will have
    installed sustainable energy solutions at six professional football
    stadiums throughout the country, including stadiums in Houston, Texas;
    Foxboro, Mass; East Rutherford, NJ; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA and
    Santa Clara, CA.

About NRG Energy

NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by
delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength
of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. A
Fortune 250 company, we create value through reliable and efficient
conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power,
electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric
energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million
residential and commercial customers throughout the country. More information
is available at www.nrgenergy.com. Connect withNRG EnergyonFacebookand
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