Today AREVA and the Fresno Nuclear Energy Group announced another important step toward building the nation’s most advanced Clean Energy Park to region near Fresno, California. AREVA and FNEG signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the country’s most advanced Clean Energy Park in the state’s San Joaquin Valley.
As part of the Clean Energy Park concept, both nuclear and renewable energy sources would be used for generating clean, reliable electricity. According to the MOU, AREVA and FNEG will work together on selecting a site and the initial development of the U.S. EPR™ reactor. As AREVA also provides a complete renewables energy portfolio, the agreement will look at the potential development of AREVA’s renewable technologies including concentrated solar power.
While speaking to a group of business leaders out in Fresno last month, AREVA CEO Anne Lauvergeon hit home on the important economic impact that a Clean Energy Park could have for this region. The construction of just the nuclear facility will create up to 11,000 direct and indirect jobs, more than 400 permanent jobs when finished, and will generate billions in regional economic investment. When complete, the park’s nuclear and solar energy sources would produce clean, constant, reliable, carbon-free electricity for more than 1.6 million homes.
For more information, read the press release.