SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWR) announced May 3 that construction has started on 11.4 MW (dc) of solar systems to power public facilities operated by the County of Santa Clara, California.
The county will own the systems, as well as their associated renewable energy credits. SunPower will construct a total of six systems at county facilities, all of which are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
“SunPower works with public agencies that require innovative, effective approaches to managing energy costs without reducing services in their communities,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. “Solar makes sense for counties and municipalities today because it’s cost-competitive, fast to install, and supports sustainability goals.”
To fund the project, the County of Santa Clara secured U.S. Department of Treasury clean renewable energy bonds (CREBs), which are available to certain entities, primarily in the public sector, to finance renewable energy projects. California’s net energy metering (NEM) and RES-BCT programs also helped make ownership of on-site solar power systems accessible for the county.
At five of the county sites, SunPower is installing ground-mounted solar power systems featuring SunPower solar panels. The sixth installation will be a solar carport.
SunPower has approximately 45 MW of large commercial and public agency solar power systems operating or under contract in Santa Clara County.
For more than a decade, SunPower has been delivering solar solutions to cities and counties. Other customers in California have included Yolo County and the cities of San Francisco, Riverside and Ontario.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.