San Jose, Calif., December 9, 2010 — SunPower Corp. agreed with Iberdrola Renewables to design and build a 20-MW photovoltaic solar power plant, Copper Crossing, on 144 acres of former private agricultural land in Pinal County, Arizona.
The plant, which began construction this month and is expected to create about 200 jobs during construction, will be fully operational in 2011.
Iberdrola Renewables is developing Copper Crossing, and will own and operate it. The company will sell the electricity under a long-term contract to utility provider Salt River Project for distribution on the region’s utility grid. The project will create employment opportunities and provide revenue for schools, health, fire and other critical services in Pinal County.
“We are excited to enter the U.S. solar business by building our first 50 MW with SunPower,” said Martin Mugica, executive vice president of Iberdrola Renewables. “Their construction experience and established technology allows us to deliver homegrown, clean and reliable energy to our customers.”
The plant will use the SunPower Oasis Power Plant product, a fully integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use.
Each power block integrates the SunPower T0 Tracker with SunPower’s high-efficiency, E19 series solar panels, pre-manufactured system cabling, and other advanced features. 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.