SunPower breaks ground for 102-MW solar plant in California

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SunPower has announced the beginning of construction of a 102-megawatt (AC) Henrietta solar photovoltaic (PV) project at Kings County in California.

The Oasis Power Plant system on the 670-acre Henrietta site is a fully-integrated, modular solar power block engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use.

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The technology also includes robotic solar panel cleaning capability which translates into water savings to the tune of 75 percent compared with traditional cleaning methods and can help improve system performance by up to 15 percent.

The system will generate solar power for Pacific Gas and Electric’s customers under a long-term power purchase agreement. SunPower expects the photovoltaic plant to be operational by end of 2016.

Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that Henrietta project would generate solar electricity adequate to meet the average requirement of more than 22,000 homes.

SunPower has more than 5.8 gigawatts of solar power systems in operation globally.

The company has stated that it anticipates creation of 350 jobs during the construction of Henrietta.

About $73 million in local economic impact and an estimated $3.8 million in tax revenue will be generated as a result of the project, a statement reads.

Ajith Kumar S

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