Xcel & SunPower Sign 17-MW Solar PV Deal

Xcel Energy and SunPower Corporation have signed an agreement to build a 17-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Colorado’s Alamosa County. When completed at the end of 2010, the power plant will be one of the largest high-efficiency solar PV power plants in North America.

Construction on the facility is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during construction. The plant will use SunPower Tracker systems, which the company said generate up to 30 percent more energy per land area than conventional systems and reduce land-use requirements. Xcel currently buys power from an 8.2-MW solar farm adjacent to where the new facility will be built.

“We believe that solar power generation will play an increasingly vital role in our efforts to meet the wishes of our Colorado customers for more renewable, clean energy sources,” said Tim Taylor, president and CEO for Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. “SunPower’s experienced approach to solar power plant design and construction will allow us to quickly complete this important project.”

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