SunPower and Iberdrola to build 30 MW PV power plant

Named the San Luis Valley Solar Ranch, it is set to be installed on 216 acres of private, former agricultural land in Alamosa County. Expected to be fully operational by the end of next year, SunPower has said construction is scheduled to begin this year and will create approximately 100 jobs.

Iberdrola Renewables is developing the solar ranch, and will own and operate it. The company will sell the electricity under a long-term contract to Xcel Energy, for distribution on the region’s utility grid.

The plant will reportedly use SunPower E19 solar panels, mounted on SunPower Tracker systems.

Commenting, Howard Wenger, president of SunPower’s utility and power plant business group said: "Today, high-efficiency solar PV technology is competitively-priced for power plant applications. It’s fast to install, and reliably delivers clean power, particularly during peak demand hours."