Project Focus: SunPower wins contracts to provide solar PV systems to multiple U.S. government sites

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SunPower said its solar modules and systems have been selected for installation at several U.S. government properties, including locations managed by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, the General Services Administration (GSA), the Navy, and the Air Force. The company said that these contracts represent a minimum of 20MW of new solar projects, and that the projects could create more than 1000 local construction jobs.

At NREL, SunPower will design and construct a 2MW photovoltaic system at the new Research Support Facility on the lab’s campus in Golden, CO. The project, financed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will be installed at three sites, including a new ultralow-energy office complex, an outdoor parking area, and a parking garage. Completion is expected by the end of 2011. Colorado-based Namaste Solar is partnering with SunPower to install the systems.

GSA and general contractor Shiel Sexton will use SunPower’s T5 solar roof tiles for a 1.8-MW PV system under construction at the General Emmett Bean Federal Building in Indianapolis. The project, also financed through ARRA, is scheduled for completion in January 2011 and will become the largest rooftop system on a GSA facility.

In what could be the most lucrative of the government contracts, SunPower was also one of five solar providers awarded indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contracts by Naval Facilities Command to deliver solar PV systems to Navy and Marine Corps installations throughout the southwestern United States.

Under the terms of the contract, SunPower will design, build, operate, and maintain the systems ranging in size from 1MW to 15MW, and sell the power to the Navy and Marine Corps under power purchase agreements. The Navy will have up to five years to award up to 40MW of solar projects under this $200 million contract.
Earlier this month, SunPower announced a deal with Arizona Public Service to design and build a 15MW (AC) solar PV system at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ. The installation is scheduled for completion in summer 2011.

“SunPower has worked with federal agencies since 1999, resulting in the installation of more than 20MW of solar power systems at government facilities,” said Karen Butterfield, SunPower’s director of federal accounts. “As a result, SunPower has the experience and credibility to successfully navigate the federal procurement process and deliver reliable, high-performance solar systems that meet agency requirements. With the addition of a U.S.-based panel manufacturing facility this year, we have also bolstered our ability to serve this growing demand.”

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