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NRG Energy Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, has announced that the 392 MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System produced its first output of energy when the Unit 1 station was synced to the power grid for the first time.

Located in California's Mojave Desert, Ivanpah is the largest solar thermal plant in the world, spanning 3,500 acres of public land, according to NRG.

Power generated from Ivanpah's initial sync testing will go to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which has a power purchase agreement (PPA) for energy produced out of the plant's Unit 1 station. Power generated from Ivanpah's Unit 3 station is also sold under a PPA with PG&E, while Unit 2 is under a PPA with Southern California Edison.


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