SunPower breaks ground on 102 MW California solar power project

SunPower anticipates that about 350 jobs will be created during construction of Henrietta

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SunPower Corp. started construction on the 102 MW (AC) Henrietta Solar Project in Kings County, California. The system will generate power for Pacific Gas and Electric's customers under a long-term power purchase agreement. SunPower expects the plant to be operational by the end of 2016.

SunPower anticipates that about 350 jobs will be created during construction of Henrietta. Nearly $73 million in local economic impact and an estimated $3.8 million in tax revenue will be generated as a result of the project. Once operational, the Henrietta project is expected to generate enough solar power for more than 22,000 homes, according to estimates provided by the Solar Energy Industries Association.

SunPower is constructing a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system at the about 670- acre Henrietta site. Oasis is a fully-integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use. The technology includes robotic solar panel cleaning capability that uses 75 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods and can help improve system performance by up to 15 percent.

According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the completed plant will offset the annual production of almost 128,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is the equivalent of removing more than 614,000 cars from California's roads over the next 25 years.

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