Hydropower, Solar

SunPower Develops Projects for U.S. Government

SunPower announced this week that it was chosen by the U.S. government to install 20 MW worth of projects on federal buildings around the country.

SunPower, which manufacturers and installs high-efficiency solar modules, has had numerous contracts with the government in the past. The most high profile project was the 14-MW PV array at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

The most recent projects include:

  • A 2 MW system at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. The project will be installed at three sites, including a new ultra-low energy office complex, an outdoor parking area, and a parking garage. This project is being financed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2011.
  • The General Services Administration (GSA) and general contractor Shiel Sexton selected SunPower solar technology for the 1.8-MW solar system that is under construction at the General Emmett Bean Federal Building in Indianapolis, Ind. The project uses the SunPower T5 Solar Roof Tile system, which integrates a high-efficiency solar panel, frame and roof-mounting system into a single pre-engineered unit.This project is being financed through ARRA.
  • SunPower was one of five solar providers awarded an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract by Naval Facilities Command to deliver solar power systems to Navy and Marine Corps installations throughout the southwestern United States. Under the contract, SunPower will design, build, operate and maintain the systems, and sell the power to the Navy and Marine Corps under power purchase agreements. Projects may range in size from one to 15 MW. The Navy will have up to five years to award up to 40 MW of solar projects under this $200 million contract.
  • Earlier this month, SunPower announced an agreement with Arizona Public Service (APS) to design and construct a 15-MWac solar photovoltaic power system at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011, it is expected to be the largest solar power installation at a U.S. government facility and generate the equivalent of 50 percent of the annual energy requirements for the Luke Air Force Base.

When the Nellis Air Force Base project was completed, President Obama and members of Congress used it as a backdrop for speeches about the government’s push to develop renewables. Soon after, a number of other projects were announced.