18 Nov '11, 6pm

California Valley Solar Ranch: NRG Energy and Bechtel Navigating Compliance and Community: NRG Energy’s Randy

California Valley Solar Ranch: NRG Energy and Bechtel Navigating Compliance and Community: NRG Energy’s Randy

NRG Energy’s Randy Hickok built combined-cycle thermal plants until, after well over a decade of fossil plant construction, he decided the solar industry was the real deal. As NRG Energy ’s Vice President of Asset Management, Hickok is overseeing the construction of California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR). The 250-megawatt project, which will be one of the world’s biggest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants, formally broke ground November 10. “SunPower lived with the project through the development and permitting stage,” Hickok said of the solar panel manufacturer from which NRG Energy purchased CVSR. SunPower also secured the vital 25-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric. In addition, SunPower laid the groundwork for a relationship with the surrounding community and ultimately reached a crucial settlement with environmental groups North County Watch and...

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