SunPower has chosen Fluor to build its 20MW Copper Crossing photovoltaic plant in Pinal County, Arizona. The system, situated on 144 acres of formerly private agricultural land, will be owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables and completed before the end of 2011.
SunPower’s Oasis modular solar power block, which utilises the T0 Tracker and E19 solar panels, will power Copper Crossing and the electricity generated is to be sold to Salt River Project under a long-term power purchase agreement. Pinal County hopes the development will not only stimulate employment in the area, but also prove to be a revenue generator for schools and other public services.
“This project is a significant win that not only bolsters Fluor’s growing portfolio of solar work, but also highlights our expertise across the entire renewable energy sector,” Fluor’s president Dave Dunning said. “SunPower Corporation leads the industry in solar photovoltaic technology and project development and our primary objective is to assist them in accomplishing their operational and business goals with successful completion of the Copper Crossing Project.”
“Fluor has been supporting SunPower on a number of fronts since 2009 and we are excited about the opportunity to build this project using SunPower’s new Oasis product at Copper Crossing,” said Brad Friesen, vice president of Fluor’s Renewables business line.