SunPower Completes 10MW Solar, 1MW Storage Proj in Alabama

The solar array is expected to improve the Army’s energy resilience, reduce electricity costs, and provide energy diversity.

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Solar solutions provider SunPower Corporation has completed and commenced the operations of a 10-Megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) and 1-Megawatt energy storage project at the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

The solar array and storage project was designed, built and will be operated and maintained by SunPower, with financing provided by Birmingham-headquartered Regions Bank.

The solar array is expected to improve the Army’s energy resilience, reduce electricity costs, and provide energy diversity.

Commenting on the development, Redstone Arsenal, Senior Commander, Lt. Gen. Edward M. Daly said, “Through innovative collaboration between the Army, Team Redstone, and industry partners, we’ve cost-effectively built a reliable, home-grown renewable energy project that is expected to deliver savings for decades, allowing us to invest more resources in protecting the nation and those we serve.”

This project is a collaboration between the US Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Redstone Arsenal, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and SunPower, and features a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system.

Speaking on the achievement, SunPower, Executive Vice President, Nam Nguyen said, “Demand for solar-and-storage technology continues to rise, delivering significant savings to customers with high electricity demand, like the US military. We congratulate the Army and Redstone Arsenal for seeing the value in a resilient energy project from SunPower that will help lower operational costs and free up more funds to support their mission.”

The Army is purchasing 100 percent of the electricity generated by the project through a 27-year power purchase agreement (PPA) at rates competitive with traditional energy sources.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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