SunPower dedicates 20 MW solar power plant

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative and SunPower are dedicating a 20 MW solar photovoltaic power plant that is now generating clean, renewable solar power for customers in SSVEC’s service territory.

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

The plant is anticipated to generate enough electricity to serve the needs of about 2,800 average Arizona homes over the next 20 years, based on estimates provided by the Solar Energy Industries Association.

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.

The plant includes half a MW of the newest generation of the SunPower Oasis platform, just launched in September. Improvements in the Oasis platform design to optimize every system component for seamless operation generate 34 percent more energy density than conventional solar technology over 25 years.

During its six-month construction phase, the project created about 120 jobs.

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