Campbell goes solar with SunPower and Enfinity

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Campbell goes solar with SunPower and Enfinity

By Greentech Lead
: SunPower Corp, BNB Renewable Energy and Enfinity America have
completed a 9.8-megawatt (MW) solar power system at Campbell Soup Company ‘s
manufacturing facility in Napoleon, Ohio. The system generates the
equivalent of 15 percent of the facility’s annual electricity requirements.

“This system is a milestone achievement that will
reduce Campbell’s operational expenses while generating clean, renewable
power that contributes to the environmental health of our friends and neighbors
in Napoleon and across Northeast Ohio,” said Dave
Stangis,Campbell’s vice president of corporate responsibility and public

By 2020, Campbell aims to reduce energy use by 35
percent per ton of product produced and source 40 percent of the energy used by
the company from renewable or alternative energy sources.

SunPower designed and installed the SunPower Oasis system
using high-efficiency SunPower solar panels with the SunPower T0 Tracker
system. The Tracker follows the sun’s movement during the day, increasing
sunlight capture by up to 25 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems.

“SunPower’s proven T0 Tracker delivers the highest
energy production per acre for solar power plants, reliably maximizing savings
on electricity costs for the next 20 years or more,” said Howard Wenger,
SunPower president, regions.

BNB Renewable Energy and Enfinity have
co-developed the project. Enfinity arranged term financing for the project with
Wells Fargo and working with BNB to manage the engineering, procurement and
construction (EPC) contract with SunPower. Enfinity and BNB will provide
operating and maintenance services for the life of the system.

All the electricity produced by the system will be purchased
by Campbell through a power purchasing agreement. BNB secured an
agreement with FirstEnergy Solutions, which contracted to purchase all of the
solar renewable energy credits and environmental benefits associated with the

SunPower starts commercial production of new solar cells

SunPower recently started producing its third generation
SunPower Maxeon solar cell (Maxeon). This solar cell delivers sunlight to
electricity conversion efficiency of up to 24 percent. SunPower’s new Maxeon
all-back contact solar cell measures 160 mm in size and produces more energy
per square meter when compared to conventional crystalline solar cells.

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