SunPower dedicates 20-MW solar project in Cochise County, Arizona

At a Dec. 21 event in Cochise County, Arizona, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) and SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) are dedicating a 20-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic project.

SSVEC will purchase the power generated by the solar plant under a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunPower. SSVEC is retaining the associated renewable energy credits.

“This SunPower solar power plant supports SSVEC’s commitment to our community’s economic vitality and a sustainable quality of life, and is expected to help us achieve over 100 percent of our 2025 renewable energy goal, as established by the Arizona Corporation Commission,” said SSVEC Chief Executive Officer Creden Huber in a Dec. 21 statement.

“Today, power generated from solar power plants is cost-competitive with power from traditional, fossil fuel burning plants,” said SunPower Senior Vice President Ty Daul. “SunPower commends SSVEC for its leadership in promoting solar power development, and utilizing innovative technology solutions to take full advantage of Arizona’s abundant solar resource.”

SunPower designed and built a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system at the site. The Oasis platform is SunPower’s fully integrated, modular solar power block solution for utility-scale solar projects that is designed to optimize land use and is engineered for rapid, cost-effective installation. During its six-month construction phase, the project created approximately 120 jobs.

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing electricity to more than 51,000 services over some 4,100 miles of energized line. Located in southeastern Arizona, the cooperative’s service territory covers parts of Cochise, Graham, Pima and Santa Cruz counties and includes the communities of Sierra Vista, Huachuca City, Patagonia, Elfrida, Benson, St. David, Bowie, San Simon, Willcox, Sonoita and Pearce-Sunsites.

SunPower provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower’s more than 30 years of proven experience. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America.

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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.