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SunPower has begun designing a 13.78MW solar power plant at the navy base in China Lake, California with the intention of breaking ground next month and to be in operation at the end of next year. The project will feature SunPower Oasis Power Plants.

Each power block integrates the SunPower T0 Tracker with the maximum efficiency SunPower E19 / 425 solar panel, pre-manufactured system cabling and other advanced features. The tracker system was recently used in Arizona’s largest solar project.

It is hoped to generate more than 30% of annual energy load, helping to reduce costs by an estimated US$13 million over the next 20 years. The Navy is buying electricity under a power purchase agreement (PPA) and therefore no initial capital investment will be required.

The fact that SunPower continues to get used for utility scale systems like this is a big deal. SunPower panels are the most widely employed utility scale module in the world!