Commend California Energy Company for New Solar Project

Target: Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner

Goal: Commend California energy company for completion of a new solar project providing power to San Diego

NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., recently announced the beginning of commercial operations for its new Borrego Solar Project. The facility is located north of Borrego Springs, California, and generates 26MW of clean, emissions-free energy. This power is being sold to San Diego Gas & Electric through a 25-year power agreement.

The solar panels making up the Borrego installation are situated on 308 acres of privately owned land. At full capacity, this photovoltaic technology will generate enough electricity to provide power for approximately 20,800 homes. This will help avoid 33,000 tons of harmful carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere each year, the equivalent of removing 6,000 vehicles from our roads. Construction and engineering of the project were performed by Sunora Energy, which partnered with NRG Solar to complete the Borrego plant.

In addition to the advantages of zero carbon emissions, the new plant helps California towards achieving Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards, which vary by state. California has some of the most ambitious in the country, aiming to procure 33 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The project also helped boost the local economy during its construction phase by providing over 250 jobs.

“Borrego is our first utility-scale solar facility providing power to the San Diego area, helping to create local construction jobs and meet SDG&E’s demands for cost-competitive renewable sources of electricity,” said Senior Vice President of NRG Solar, Randy Hickok. “Our large-scale solar facilities provide clean, renewable energy that Californians want for their homes and to power the electric vehicle infrastructure NRG is currently building in California and Texas. Taken together, solar and electric vehicles will go a long way toward reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and our carbon emissions.”

NRG Solar’s new Borrego Solar Project is helping to avoid massive amounts of carbon dioxide emissions every year by providing the customers of San Diego Gas & Electric with clean, environmentally-friendly electricity. The project provided economic benefits through hundreds of jobs, and assists California towards its high renewable goals. Sign this petition to ask San Diego Governor Bob Filner to commend NRG Solar for its work.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Filner,

NRG Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., recently began commercial operations of its new 26MW Borrego Solar Project. The new facility, constructed on 308 acres of land north of Borrego Springs, is now selling the emissions-free power it generates to San Diego Gas & Electric. At maximum capacity, enough energy is generated to provide for the electricity needs of about 20,800 homes. This will help avoid the release of 33,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.

The Borrego project also benefited the local economy by generating over 250 jobs during its construction phase. Additionally, it is helping California move towards its goal of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020. The efforts of this company deserve to be noticed. I ask you to commend NRG Solar for its work, helping to keep our natural environment clean and safe.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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