SunPower to build 19 MW solar power array at Nellis Air Force Base

SunPower Corp. has been selected by NV Energy to build a 19 MW DC solar photovoltaic power system at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada

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SunPower Corp. has been selected by NV Energy to build a 19 MW DC 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.

It will be the second major solar power installation located at the military facility — SunPower completed a 14 MW DC solar power system at the base in 2007.

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At the site, SunPower will build a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system. 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.

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.

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