SunPower selected for USAF PV

NV Energy, Nevada’s largest utility, has selected SunPower to build a 19MW (DC) solar PV facility at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas.

If the proposed contract wins approval by Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission, the facility would be constructed in 2015.  

It will be the second major solar installation located at Nellis - SunPower completed a 14.2MW (DC) solar power system at the base in 2007.

The US Air Force, Army and Navy have each committed to procuring and producing 1GW of renewable energy at their permanent installations (and/or on 65,000sq km of military land opened up for development).

The Air Force expects to meet this goal next year, the Navy by 2020 and the Army by 2025.

SunPower President Howard Wgner notes that it took nine months to construct the first solar facility at Nellis. Today, the company can install more than 1MW per day at larger powr plant sites.

"NV Energy looks forward to the opportunity to bring more clean, renewable energy to power facilities and military operations at Nellis Air Force Base," says Stacey Kusters, vice president, renewable energy and origination for NV Energy.

According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the completed plant will offset the annual production of almost 27,000 tons of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent of removing 136,800 cars from Nevada's roads over the next 25 years.