SunPower has been selected by NV Energy to build a 19-MW solar PV power system at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The system is expected to be constructed next year, contingent on contract approval by Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission. It will be the second major solar installation located at the military facility – SunPower completed a 14-MW solar power system at the base in 2007.
“In 2007, it took nine months to construct the 14-MW plant at Nellis Air Force Base, which was the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the U.S. at the time,” says Howard Wenger, SunPower president. “Today, we can install more than one megawatt per day at our larger power plant sites, creating long-term value for our utility customers and competing effectively with traditional energy sources.”
At the site, SunPower will build a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system. Oasis is a fully integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use.
According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the completed plant will offset the annual production of almost 27,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is the equivalent of removing 136,800 cars from Nevada’s roads over the next 25 years.
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