New England Solar buys two large-scale Sunpower projects in California

SunpowerNew Energy Solar acquired a substantial majority interest in two large-scale solar projects developed/designed by SunPower, totaling over 134 MW, located in Kern County, Calif. SunPower will retain an ownership interest in the projects, which each having a capacity of 67.4 MWs, and provide ongoing operation and maintenance services.

Stanford University has a long-term agreement to purchase 100 percent of the power, as well as the renewable energy credits (RECs), generated from one of the projects, the Stanford Solar Generating Station. Turlock Irrigation District (TID) has a similar agreement to buy the power and RECs generated from the second project, the TID Solar Generating Station.

“We believe the quality of these projects, both in terms of SunPower’s leading technology and their highly creditworthy off-takers make them excellent additions to our portfolio,” New Energy Solar CEO Tom Kline said. “We are proud to partner with SunPower, one of the most experienced and leading developers and operators of utility-scale solar power.”

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Both Stanford University and TID will use the renewable power generated in Kern County to serve electricity demand approximately 300 miles away. Projects like these demonstrate the flexibility with which organizations can now take advantage of cost-effective solar power by using larger capacity off-site solar resources to reliably serve a greater percentage of demand.

At both sites, SunPower installed the SunPower Oasis Power Plant technology, a fully integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy large solar projects while maximizing power generation and optimizing land use. Construction of both projects commenced in the middle of 2015. Both facilities are expected to achieve commercial operation this month.

 

— Solar Builder magazine

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