NRG Energy, SunPower begin construction of 250-MW California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo, which is expected to generate electricity for 100,000 homes; first 25-MW to go online in spring 2012

SAN LUIS OBISPO, California , November 10, 2011 (press release) – Today in San Luis Obispo, NRG Energy, SunPower Corp. and community leaders will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the California Valley Solar Ranch, one of the first and largest central station solar power plants in the world. The utility-scale solar project is creating hundreds of jobs, investing millions into the local economy and generating clean, renewable electricity to PG&E for 100,000 homes. The first 25 megawatts is expected to go online in the Spring of 2012.

SunPower first announced the project more than three years ago. NRG completed the acquisition of the project on September 30. Once built, the California Valley Solar Ranch will contribute enormously to the achievement of California's ambitious 33 percent renewable portfolio standard.

Editor's note: Please see the attached photo of construction workers installing rows of piles, the foundation for the SunPower T0 Trackers at the California Valley Solar Ranch.

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