MidAmerican Renewables, based in Des Moines, Iowa, encompasses MidAmerican
Solar, MidAmerican Wind, MidAmerican Geothermal, MidAmerican Hydro, and
project development and commercial management. The company owns and operates
solar, wind, geothermal and hydro projects that produce energy sold under
long-term power purchase agreements or in wholesale markets.|
MidAmerican Renewables owns the 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II wind project in
Henry County, Ill. The project went into commercial operation in fourth
quarter 2012. In November 2012, MidAmerican Renewables completed its
acquisition of the 168-megawatt Pinyon Pines I and 132-megawatt Pinyon Pines
Wind II projects, located near Tehachapi, Calif. The projects were complete
in December 2012.
MidAmerican Renewables has 1,271 megawatts of owned solar generation under
construction. Topaz Solar Farms, a 550-megawatt photovoltaic power plant
being built in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., will generate enough
electricity to offset approximately 9.4 million metric tons of carbon
dioxide over 25 years. The project will be complete in early 2015.
MidAmerican Renewables owns a 49 percent interest in the Agua Caliente solar
project in partnership with NRG Energy. The 290-megawatt solar photovoltaic
project is being constructed in Yuma County, Ariz., and will be complete in
2014. Agua Caliente will generate enough electricity to offset approximately
5.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over 25 years. MidAmerican
Renewables also acquired the 579-megawatt Solar Star Projects, two co-located
projects in Kern and Los Angeles counties, Calif. Construction of the solar
projects began in first quarter 2013, with the projects expected to be
complete by year-end 2015.
MidAmerican Renewables is a leader in the development and production of
energy from renewable resources. The company owns interests in and operates
10 geothermal plants in California’s Imperial Valley; a hydroelectric
facility in Hawaii; and four natural gas-fueled power plants, one each in
Arizona, Illinois, New York and Texas.
The company’s geothermal facilities in the western U.S. have the capacity to
produce up to 327 megawatts, and the company’s hydroelectric facility in
Hawaii has the capacity to produce up to 10 megawatts of reliable, noncarbon
electricity. MidAmerican Renewables’ natural gas-fueled plants have a
capacity of 1,039 megawatts.