SunPower and K6 have signed an agreement under which the companies will build two 1MW photovoltaic solar power plants in the Puglia region, Italy. The two plants are located in Casamassima and Conversano; their power will be fed back into the grid, providing power for the local area.
“The cooperation with SunPower is consistent with K6’s strategy to develop highly efficient solar parks,” said Luciano Di Filippo of K6. “SunPower’s most efficient tracker will allow us to achieve optimal energy production, meeting our target financial model in the time period expected and helping to drive renewable energy.”
SunPower will install its high-efficiency panels and the SunPower T20 Tracker technology at the sites. The SunPower Tracker follows the sun during the day and delivers up to 30% more energy than fixed-tilt systems, requiring only half the land area to produce the same amount of energy as conventional dual-axis trackers. Real-time, remote monitoring and control are enabled via the SunPower TMAC Advanced Tracker Controller.
“We are delighted to expand our portfolio of Italian solar power plant projects with these two latest parks we are designing and building for K6,” said Luca Bandini, general manager of SunPower Italia. “SunPower has leveraged its global power plant experience to offer cost saving enhancements to its T20 Tracker technology, including remote monitoring and control capabilities that enable seamless integration with power plant supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.”
In February 2010, SunPower signed a definitive agreement to acquire SunRay Renewable Energy. Through this transaction SunPower will acquire a project pipeline of solar PV projects totaling more than 1,200MW in Italy, France, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Greece.