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SunPower to build 35MW solar power plants in U.S.

Posted: 14 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:largest U.S. solar power plant? photovoltaic power plants? renewable energy?

SunPower Corp. has been selected by Florida Power & Light Co. to build the largest U.S. solar photovoltaic power plant, and a second power plant at the Kennedy Space Center. Florida Power & Light is a subsidiary of FPL Group, a producer of electricity from renewable energy sources.

The installation will include a 25MW power plant in DeSoto County, Florida, and a 10MW project at the Kennedy Space Center. SunPower will design and build the facilities and FPL will own, operate and maintain the systems. The DeSoto plant will be completed in 2009; the plant at the Kennedy Space Center will be completed in 2010. Construction is contingent on approval of the Florida Public Service Commission.

"These agreements confirm the growing trend in the U.S. to build solar power plants at a scale rivaling those in market leading countries such as Germany and Spain," said Howard Wenger, senior VP of global business units for SunPower. "With these agreements totaling 35MW, we applaud Florida Power & Light's commitment and leadership in renewable energy."

Solar photovoltaic power plants can be easily integrated into existing utility grid networks, and install much faster than conventional forms of power generation. SunPower will install SunPower panels, the highest efficiency solar panels on the market, at both sites. At the DeSoto site, the company will install its SunPower Tracker system, which tilts toward the sun as it moves across the sky, significantly increasing daily energy production compared with fixed-tilt systems while reducing land-use requirements. The combination of SunPower's high-efficiency panels and high-energy collection tracking systems delivers the world's highest power density solar systems and low cost energy.

"We selected SunPower based on its proven experience in building high-performance solar photovoltaic power plants. We are pleased to work with SunPower on these two important projects that will deliver reliable, cost-effective solar power to our customers," said Eric Silagy, vice president and chief development officer of Florida Power & Light.

The largest operating solar photovoltaic power plant in North America is currently the 14MW installation located at Nellis Air Force Base, also built by SunPower.

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