SunPower to build 19-MW plant for NV Energy in Nevada

SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) said June 4 that it has been selected by NV Energy to build a 19-MW (dc) solar photovoltaic system at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

The system is expected to be constructed next year, contingent on contract approval by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. It will be the second major solar installation located at the military facility. SunPower completed a 14-MW (dc) solar power system at the base in 2007.

“We are pleased to team again with NV Energy. In 2007, it took nine months to construct the 14-megawatt plant at Nellis Air Force Base, which was the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the U.S. at the time,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, regions. “Today, we can install more than one megawatt per day at our larger power plant sites, creating long-term value for our utility customers and competing effectively with traditional energy sources.”

“NV Energy looks forward to the opportunity to bring more clean, renewable energy to power facilities and military operations at Nellis Air Force Base,” said Stacey Kusters, vice president, renewable energy and origination for NV Energy. “Our partnership with SunPower is a key component of achieving our renewable energy goals at a competitive cost.”

At the site, SunPower will build a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system. Oasis is a fully integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use.

SunPower said it designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.

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