SunPower and E.ON to develop 3.4 MW Italian solar power plant

Construction is scheduled to start this year and is expected to be completed next April. SunPower has said it will use its SunPower E19 solar panels on its T0 Tracker system. Environmental and visual impacts of the system will reportedly be minimized by the trackers’ concrete-free pier foundations, and a maximum system height of two meters.

The company is also currently constructing what is says is Italy’s largest solar power plant, the 72 MW Montalto di Castro solar power park, again located in the Lazio region of the country, near Rome.

Solar for schools

In other news, SunPower has been awarded a 11.2 MW contract by Mount Diablo Unified School District to design, install and maintain solar power systems at 51 schools in the U.S. The agreement is said to be the largest of its kind issued to install solar by a school district in the U.S., and is expected to save USD$192 million over the 30-year life of the systems.

The systems, to be completed in phases through early 2012, will be shade structures installed in school parking lots and hard court areas, and will be financed through Clean Renewable Energy Bonds.

"The Mount Diablo Unified School District is capturing a great opportunity to reduce its utility costs while helping the state meet its renewable energy goals," said Jim Pape, president of SunPower’s residential and commercial business group.