NextEra commissions 485 MW of solar in California

Yesterday NextEra Energy Resources and its partners announced that they have commissioned the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers, two enormous PV plants in Southern California which together comprise 485 MW-AC of capacity.

The projects comprise more than 4 million PV modules, including both First Solar’s cadmium telluride thin film PV modules and crystalline silicon modules mounted on single-axis trackers, sitting on more than 6 square miles of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). First Solar also provided engineering, procurement and construction services for 250 MW-AC of the McCoy project.

The electricity from these projects will be sold to Southern California Edison and Kaiser Permanente.

Blythe and McCoy are some of the last in the breed of mega-projects in the U.S. Southwest. Very few projects this large have been built during the last few years, as the industry has largely switched to small- to mid-sized utility-scale solar.

Fewer of these projects are being built on public lands, following a number of lawsuits from conservationists versed in California and national environmental laws.