McCoy Solar Energy Project
|McCoy Solar Energy Project|
|Location||Riverside County, California|
|Construction began||November 2014|
|Commission date||June 2016|
|Owner(s)||NextEra Energy Resources|
|Site area||2,300 acres (9.31 km2)|
|Nameplate capacity||250 MWAC|
|Capacity factor||34.0% (average 2017)|
|Annual net output||745 GW·h, 325 MW·h/acre|
The McCoy Solar Energy Project is a 250 megawatt (MWAC) photovoltaic power plant near the city of Blythe in Riverside County, California.  It occupies about 2,300 acres of mostly public land in the Mojave Desert. The construction uses CdTe thin film panels from First Solar, and the output is being sold to Southern California Edison under a power purchase agreement.
The project is located adjacent to the 235 MW Blythe Solar Energy Center, together forming a larger 485 MW complex. The 550MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is located approximately 40miles west in Riverside County. The 450 MW Desert Quartzite project by First Solar, which got preliminary approval in early 2020, is also in the area.
The project was initially proposed in early 2013 for a final capacity of 750MW, making it potentially one of the world's largest solar plants. The planning process through both state and federal agencies was placed on an expedited approval path. The first construction phase of 250MW started generating energy in August 2015, and reached its full capacity in June 2016. Completion of the remaining 500MW is pending identification of a buyer for the electricity.
|Average Annual Production (2017||745,000|
- NextEra's McCoy Solar Energy Project
- McCoy Project Timeline
- Jennifer A. Dlouhy. "Trump Approves First Solar's Mega-Farm in California Desert". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
- Secretary Salazar Announces Milestone on McCoy Solar Energy Project, Caps Strong Year for Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands
- 750MW McCoy Solar Project Put on Fast Track for Development
- "McCoy Solar Energy Project, Monthly". Electricity Data Browser. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- World's largest solar plant opens in Riverside County, The Desert Sun, February 10, 2015