NextEra Energy applies to build 750 MW Photovoltaic plant in Southern California

NextEra Energy Inc. (Juno Beach, Florida, U.S.) has filed an application to build a 750 MW solar power photovoltaic (PV) plant in the desert of Southern California.

On August 29th, 2011, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began a regulatory process to initiate environmental review of the McCoy Solar Energy Project, which will be located 21 kilometers Northwest of Blythe, California. Initial comment period ends September 28th, 2011

As of that date, the BLM began the scoping process for the project’s environmental impact statement/environmental impact report. This includes an opportunity for interested parties to submit comments through September 28th, 2011.

NextEra Energy is currently developing the 250 MW Genesis concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the Coachella Valley, California. On August 29th, 2011, NextEra subsidiary Genesis Solar LLC closed on construction and term financing for the project totaling USD 935 million.

NextEra claims to the be largest generator of solar energy in the United States, with a PV and concentrated solar energy portfolio of 315 MW, 153 MW of which is owned by the company.