SunPower to get first phase of Colorado solar project operating late this year

Solar Star Colorado III LLC, which is developing a 52-MW project in Colorado, on March 2 filed a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

It is building the Hooper Generation Project, an approximately 52-MW (nameplate) photovoltaic facility located in Alamosa County, Colorado. The company is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of SunPower Corp., a Delaware corporation whose shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ. SunPower is a vertically-integrated solar products and services company that designs, manufactures and delivers high-efficiency and high-reliability solar photovoltaic panels and electricity generating systems to residential, business, government and utility customers. SunPower is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.

The project is currently expected to begin trial operation and testing in October 2015 and will be constructed in two phases: Phase I (up to 25 MW), currently expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of December 2015; and Phase II, currently expected to achieve commercial operation in March 2016. The project will include interconnecting transmission facilities necessary to connect it to the transmission system owned and operated by the Public Service Co. of Colorado (PSCo). All of the net output of the project will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to PSCo.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.