Construction has already begun on the Copper Crossing project, which is located in Pinal County, on a 144 acre former private agricultural site. It is expected that around 200 jobs will be created, while the plant should be operational by next year.
Iberdrola is developing the plant, and will own and operate it. It has been said that the company will sell the electricity under a long-term contract to utility provider Salt River Project for distribution on the region’s utility grid. SunPower, on the other hand, will use its fully integrated, Oasis modular solar power block, which said the company, has been engineered to quickly deploy utility-scale projects while optimizing land use.
"SunPower Oasis is a ground-breaking, utility-scale solar solution that optimizes energy production, installation speed, material cost and long-term reliability," commented Howard Wenger, president of SunPower’s utility and power plants business group.
Last month, SunPower announced an agreement to design and build a 30 MW solar power plant for Iberdrola Renewables in Alamosa County, Colorado.