SunPower Corp. announced today that construction has started on 11.4MW (DC) of solar power systems to power public facilities operated by the County of Santa Clara in California.
The County will own the systems, as well as their associated renewable energy credits. SunPower will construct a total of six systems at County facilities, all of which are expected to be operational by the end of 2016. SunPower estimates that the equivalent amount of electricity generated by the systems when they are operational could power more than 6,000 electric vehicles for 30 years.
"SunPower works with public agencies that require innovative, effective approaches to managing energy costs without reducing services in their communities," said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. "Solar makes sense for counties and municipalities today because it's cost-competitive, fast to install, and supports sustainability goals. We are particularly pleased to serve the interests of the County of Santa Clara, where SunPower has been headquartered for 30 years, with high performance SunPower® solar power systems that will maximize long-term value."
At five of the county sites, SunPower is installing ground-mounted solar power systems featuring SunPower solar panels. The sixth installation will be a solar carport that generates emission-free solar power while providing needed shade.