In another exciting milestone this year for Recurrent Energy, two of our solar power projects reached commercial operation in California. The two plants contribute 40MW of additional renewable capacity towards the state's RPS goals and are now owned and operated by NRG Solar.
Located in Lancaster and Kings County, the plants are delivering electricity to Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric (shown above), each with a peak capacity of 20 MWac. The project in Lancaster reached commercial operation in March of this year, while the Kings County project began operating this June.
During their first year of operation, the projects are expected to generate enough clean solar power to offset the electricity use of roughly 11,811 average U.S. homes.
This was our first agreement with NRG Solar. I have to say they are the head of the class when it comes to owning and operating solar assets. Both of our companies are proving that solar energy is not only good for the environment, but also good business. I hope this is merely the beginning of a long relationship of bringing solar into the mainstream.
On a personal note, it's great to see the fruits of years of development finally result in projects like these that are delivering clean, affordable electricity to the grid. Recurrent Energy now has now delivered over 260 MWp (206 MWac) of solar plants to operating status. We are working to complete an additional 315 MW in 2013, bringing our total operating portfolio to well over half a gigawatt!