Thursday, November 08, 2012

Navy China Lake solar system begins operations

Thursday, November 08, 2012
SunPower Corp. on October 19 announced the signing of the United States Navy largest solar plant, a 13.78-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) power solar system at naval air weapons station China Lake, California. The power plant is the first project of the federal employment agency financed by solar power purchase agreement 20 years. The plant developed and operated by SunPower Corp., the equivalent of more than 30% of the annual energy load China Lake's contribution to the reduction of costs by an estimated $13 generate millions in the next 20 years.

The 20 year old makes contract none requires capital or maintenance in advance commitments from the Navy, corresponds to traditional project financing conditions for solar power plants and allows the Navy power up to 30% lower than the rate by shorter available secure 10-year power purchase agreement.

SunPower has installed until today more than 50 megawatts (MW) of solar power stations at State institutions. The systems delivered by the company to the Navy and the air force alone to generate enough electricity makes approximately 9,000 apartments. According to estimates of the US Environmental Protection Agency reduced the Navy and air force systems emits the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere almost 732.000 tons in the next 20 years. See the press release of SunPower.

China Lake has four geothermal power plants, which produce up to 270 MW of electricity or for Approximiately 378,000 households with electricity. The site has been in continuous operation since 1987, and was the marine first website, thermal energy to tap. For the China Lake natural resources Web page.

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