June 4, 2014 - SunPower has been selected by NV Energy to build a 19MW solar photovoltaic power system at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The system is expected to be constructed next year, contingent on contract approval by Nevada's Public Utilities Commission.
"We are pleased to team again with NV Energy. In 2007, it took nine months to construct the 14MW plant at Nellis Air Force Base, which was the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the U.S. at the time," said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, regions. "Today, we can install more than one megawatt per day at our larger power plant sites, creating long-term value for our utility customers and competing effectively with traditional energy sources. We congratulate NV Energy for their leadership in renewable energy and are pleased to work with them on this important project."
"NV Energy looks forward to the opportunity to bring more clean, renewable energy to power facilities and military operations at Nellis Air Force Base," said Stacey Kusters, vice president, renewable energy and origination for NV Energy. "Our partnership with SunPower is a key component of achieving our renewable energy goals at a competitive cost."
At the site, SunPower will build a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system. According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the completed plant will offset the annual production of almost 27,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is the equivalent of removing 136,800 cars from Nevada's roads over the next 25 years.