Stanford University celebrates start of operation of a 67 MW solar PV plant

The solar PV generating station will reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions by 68 percent and use of fossil fuels by 65 percent
The solar PV generating station will reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions by 68 percent and use of fossil fuels by 65 percent

The last major piece of Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI), a nearly 155,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panel array will produce the equivalent of over half of the electrical power used by the Stanford University’s campus.

Stanford teamed up with SunPower Corporation, which designed and built the 67 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in a western valley of the Mojave Desert, about 20 miles north of Palmdale.

“Stanford’s commitment to use solar power to serve 53 percent of its total campus electricity demand demonstrates unparalleled leadership in responsibly meeting our energy and climate challenges,” comments Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and president.

 

Cleaning robots to increase efficiency of solar power harvest by up to 15 percent

The 67 MW solar tracker PV plant covers approximately 200 acres. Stanford’s solar array uses robots to clean the panels. The robots, which use less than half a cup of water per panel, can increase efficiency of the energy harvest by up to 15 percent.

Although the PV array is not wired directly to Stanford, Stanford will buy all the solar power the station generates for the next 25 years at a fixed price that is about 20 percent less than what Stanford had originally expected to pay for electricity through the SESI project.

With test exports of solar power underway, the Stanford Solar Generating Station is forecasted to be officially up and running December 13th, weeks ahead of schedule.

 

2016-12-06 | Courtesy: Stanford University | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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