SunPower kicks off construction on 9.5-MW solar project in California

SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) announced May 4 that construction has started on a 9.5-MW (ac) solar plant in Los Angeles County, Calif., which will generate power for use by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Located on DWR’s property adjacent to its Pearblossom Pumping Plant, southeast of Palmdale, the project is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

“This is an important project that will help us achieve our 2050 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels,” said Veronica Hicks, chief of the State Water Project Power and Risk Office of DWR.

“Solar is cost-competitive with traditional energy sources today, and is helping fiscally responsible public agencies reduce electricity costs to better serve their constituencies,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. “We commend DWR for managing its significant energy demand by relying on abundant, renewable solar power.”

DWR will purchase the power generated by the plant under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunPower. DWR is retaining the renewable energy credits associated with the system.

SunPower designed and is installing a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system at the site. Oasis is a fully-integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered for rapid and cost-effective deployment of utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use. The technology includes robotic solar panel cleaning capability that uses 75 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods and can help improve system performance by up to 15 percent.

SunPower provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.

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