SunPower, a major U.S. solar manufacturer headquartered in San Jose, CA, has revealed that it plans to build a 100 MW solar PV power plant for NV Energy in Nevada.
SunPower CEO and President revealed, “Today, power generated from solar plants is cost-competitive with power from traditional, fossil fuel burning plants – and becoming more cost-competitive every day.”
He continued, “Increasingly, utilities are adding solar to their energy mix to ensure their customers are taking advantage of the reliable and emission-free power of the sun. We are pleased to partner again with NV Energy to enable more Nevada homes and businesses to take advantage of the state’s abundant solar resource.”
The new solar project, called Boulder Solar, is anticipated to begin construction towards the end of 2015 and is expected to create about 200 jobs. SunPower estimates that, upon operation, Boulder Solar will generate electricity equivalent to the needs of 15,000 households.
This move increases SunPower’s activity in Nevada significantly, which currently includes a 15 MW plant at Nellis Air Force Base and a 19.9 MW plant in Lyon County. SunPower was also responsible for the 2007-completed 13.2 MW solar power plant at Nellis Air Force Base.