SunPower Plans to Build 25 Mw PV Project in California
The solar photovoltaic (PV) power project is expected to create up to 144 construction jobs and inject approximately $18.7million into the local economy during construction.
Electricity produced by the project will serve the utility grid operated by Modesto Irrigation District (MID), helping the agency achieve California's 33 percent renewable portfolio standard.
The plant will use the SunPower Oasis Power Plant product, a fully integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while minimizing land use impacts.
Each power block integrates the SunPower T0 Tracker with SunPower's E19 solar panel, pre-manufactured system cabling, the Oasis smart inverter, and the Oasis operating system.
SunPower Oasis also features the SunPower advanced Tracker Monitoring and Control System (TMAC) for wireless control of the power plant. The power block kits are shipped pre-assembled to the job site for rapid field installation, and offer the highest capacity factor and the most reliable long-term performance.
Howard Wenger, president of utility and power plant business group at SunPower, said: â€œSunPower technology is fast to install, offers guaranteed performance, and is a competitively-priced choice for power. We commend MID for seizing the opportunity to help meet the state's growing energy demand and renewable energy goals.â€
Construction of the facility is contingent on the receipt of all remaining building permits, and is expected to be completed and operational by the second half of 2012. The project received unanimous approval by the Stanislaus County planning commission in September 2011.
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