SunPower has begun constructing what will be the largest combined PV power plants, recently acquired by a subsidiary within investor Warren Buffett's empire.
The two co-located Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP) have a combined 579MW capacity, making them the world’s largest PV projects when completed over the next two years.
The EPC contract is said to be worth between US$2 billion and US$2.5 billion to SunPower under a recently agreed purchase by MidAmerican Solar.
According to SunPower, the projects will provide up to 650 jobs during construction and generate more than US$500 million in regional economic impact. The projects are expected to provide enough energy to power approximately 400,000 average California homes when fully operational.
“The Antelope Valley Solar Projects are already creating needed jobs and economic opportunity in local communities, while at the same time, providing direct, long-term environmental benefits,” said Paul Caudill, president of MidAmerican Solar. “We look forward to continuing our involvement in the Rosamond, Lancaster and Palmdale communities and, as we move forward, in the surrounding areas. The MidAmerican Solar team is committed to working hand-in-hand with the development's neighbors and stakeholders. We also look forward to providing a reliable source of renewable energy to our customer Southern California Edison.”
“The start of construction on the Antelope Valley Solar Projects underscores that solar is a reliable, cost-competitive energy source,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, regions. “SunPower is proud to partner with MidAmerican Solar and Southern California Edison on this historic project, which is bringing critically needed jobs and economic opportunity to California today and will generate abundant clean, renewable power to the state over the long term.”
SunPower is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor at the 3,230-acre site and will then operate and maintain the facility via a multi-year services agreement with MidAmerican.
SunPower will employ its ‘Oasis Power Plant’ modular system using its high-efficiency modules mounted on SunPower T0 Trackers. The company said that actual construction started in January 2013 and is expected to be complete by year-end 2015.