SunPower announces new solar project partnership

SunPower announces new solar project partnership

Through a new 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy, SunPower will begin construction on a 100-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in Boulder City, Nevada, a press release stated.

Through the new solar power plant called Boulder Solar, officials expect the project to generate roughly 200 jobs through the construction phase, which is planned to start before the end of 2015. The electric generation will be able to power more than 15,000 Nevada homes once the project is fully completed.

Tom Werner, CEO and president of SunPower, explained solar power generation has become so cost-effective, that this renewable energy source is competitive with fossil fuel burning plants, according to the release. Werner added that with each day, solar power becomes more cost-competitive.

"Increasingly, utilities are adding solar to their energy mix to ensure their customers are taking advantage of the reliable and emission-free power of the sun," Werner stated. "We are pleased to partner again with NV Energy to enable more Nevada homes and businesses to take advantage of the state's abundant solar resource."

Through the new solar power plant, experts believe the project will offset approximately 192,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. This offset would be the same as removing 740,000 cars from Nevada roads through the next 20 years.

Projects starting in Chile as well
While SunPower constantly delivers new solar projects in the U.S., the company recently teamed up with the French group Total SA to build 1,000 MW of solar in Chile, El Mercurio reported. The group wants to develop more solar power plants throughout the country, all depending on the energy resources available and their proximity to the transmission lines.

More information on U.S. solar power can be found on PennEnergy's research area.

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