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Thu Jan 26, 2012, 11:15 AM

US Navy preps massive solar project [View all]

http://www.tgdaily.com/sustainability-features/61040-us-navy-preps-massive-solar-project

SunPower broke ground this month on a big solar installation at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. 



Though it's not a utility scale system of the magnitude being developed elsewhere in the desert like the 392-megawatt (MW) Ivanpah concentrating solar plant, for instance at 13.78 MW it is large enough to hint at the kind of solar development the military would like to see take place on its bases in the California desert.


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By going with a 20-year power-purchase agreement (PPA) a first for a military project, SunPower said the Navy will get the electricity "at up to 30 percent below the rate available through the more traditional 10-year PPA."

In dollar terms, SunPower said the system will help the Navy "reduce costs by an estimated $13 million over the next 20 years." 
The China Lake system will use SunPower's Oasis Power Plant product, which integrates the SunPower T0 Tracker with the SunPower E19/425 Solar Panel.


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