SunPower to roll out 1.9 MW of solar facilities in California
(ADPnews) - Dec 2, 2010 - US photovoltaic (PV) equipment maker SunPower Corp (NASDAQ:SPWRA) said yesterday it had started work on two solar systems with a combined capacity of nearly 1.9 MW for two water agencies in California.
Both systems, to come on stream in the first six months of 2011, will consist of SunPower panels and will include SunPower's tracker systems that move the panels so as to follow the sun, producing 25% more power per land area, according to the manufacturer's calculations.
The company will build a 1.1-MW ground-mounted solar facility for the Fallbrook Public Utilities District (FPUD) in San Diego. It will cover some 45% of the power needs of all FPUD facilities. The water agency will purchase the solar system with funding from the low-interest Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The other solar system, a 794-kW facility, will be built for the San Juan Water District (SJWD) in Placer county. It will meet 89% of the power needs of the water treatment plant.
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