50 MW SunPower PV plant now delivering solar power to Xcel Energy customers in Colorado

SunPower PV modules, tracking systems
SunPower PV modules, tracking systems

Xcel Energy (Amarillo, TX, US) and SunPower Corp. (San Jose, CA, US) in December 2015 announced the commercial operation of the 50-megawatt (MW ac) Hooper solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

Xcel Energy is purchasing the solar power generated by the PV plant at cost-competitive rates under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunPower, reads the press release.

The utility estimates that the plant is generating enough solar Power to serve the needs of approximately 13,500 average Colorado homes.

SunPower designed and constructed the plant, and is now operating and maintaining it onsite, and monitoring power production from the company's remote operations control center in Austin, Tex. More than 150 jobs were created at the project site during peak construction.


Oasis Power Plant system for rapid PV deployment and optimized and use

At the 320-acre site, SunPower installed 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. The technology includes SunPower's proprietary robotic solar panel cleaning capability that uses 75 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods and can help improve system performance by up to 15 percent.

"This expansion of our renewable portfolio in Colorado is yet another example of how Xcel Energy brings solar power to its customers," said David Eves, president of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company.

"We are adding large scale solar that competes with and surpasses other forms of generation alternatives, in terms of price, over the life of the project. This benefits all of our customers - both environmentally and economically."

SunPower constructed two other solar power plants in the San Luis Valley that are also generating power for Xcel Energy's Colorado customers. The 19-megawatt (AC) Greater Sandhill PV plant has been operating since 2010, and the 30-megawatt (AC) San Luis Valley Solar Ranch began delivering energy in 2011.




2015-12-28 | Courtesy:  SunPower Corp. | © Heindl Server GmbH

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