SunPeak Solar advised that it had selected Suntech Power Holdings to supply 28.7MW (DC) of its solar panels for its 23MW (AC) solar project in Niland, California. Suntech will supply 100,000 of its 285/290W Vd-Series modules, which feature its SuperPoly silicon processing technology. SunPeak Solar’s subsidiary, Imperial Valley Solar Company (IVSC) 1, will manage the project’s construction and installation of the modules.
The solar installation is set to be constructed on a 123-acre lot next to the Imperial Irrigation District’s (IID) Niland electric substation. It is anticipated that the 23MW solar project will help IID meet its daily peak electricity demands, providing nearly 2.29% of its peak demand.
“We're excited to support SunPeak Solar in helping IID meet its RPS goals and satisfy growing peak power demands,” said Mick McDaniel, VP of the utility sales division for Suntech America. “This well-designed project demonstrates how solar power can efficiently complement existing grid assets, while maximizing value for grid operators and off-takers. Solar electricity serves as an effective hedge against volatile fuel prices and can significantly reduce the aggregate costs of electricity generation.”
The North American Development Bank (NADB) will impart a US$77.4 million credit facility for the support of the project.