US: SunPower to install a minimum of 20 MW of solar for government

Under the contracts, the company says it was selected by NREL to design and construct a two MW solar power system at the Department of Energy’s new Research Support Facility on the NREL campus in Golden, Colorado. It says the project will be installed at three sites, including a new ultra-low energy office complex, an outdoor parking area, and a parking garage. Colorado-based SunPower Premier Dealer, Namaste Solar, is partnering with the company to install the systems. The project is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

SunPower added that a 1.8-MW solar system is currently under construction at the General Emmett Bean Federal Building in Indianapolis for GSA. It is set to be completed by next January and will be the largest rooftop solar power system on a GSA facility, according to the company.

Furthermore, it says it was one of five solar providers awarded an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract by Naval Facilities Command to deliver solar power systems to Navy and Marine Corps installations throughout the southwestern U.S. Under the contract, the company says it will design, build, operate and maintain the systems, and sell the power to the Navy and Marine Corps under power purchase agreements. It adds that projects may range in size from one to 15 MW. The Navy will have up to five years to award up to 40 MW of solar projects under this USD$200 million contract.

Earlier this month, the company announced an agreement with Arizona Public Service (APS) to design and construct a 15-MW ac photovoltaics power system at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. Scheduled for completion next summer, the company says it is expected to be the largest solar power installation at a U.S. government facility, and will generate the equivalent of 50 percent of the annual energy requirements for Luke Air Force Base.