California: Manufacturing plant dedicated; RPS signed into law

SunPower and Flextronics partnered up to establish the Milpitas plant, which has created over 100 jobs and will produce 75 megawatts (MW) of solar power panels annually.

As part of the dedication ceremony, Governor Brown will sign into law California’s expanded RPS, which states that it must obtain 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The RPS legislation was sponsored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) and passed the legislature as part of a special session focused on economic development.

"Strong public policy at both the federal and state levels is paying off with job creation and capital investments from our equipment manufacturers to our dealers (…)," said SunPower CEO Tom Werner.

"With the dedication of our solar panel manufacturing facility in partnership with Flextronics, Governor Brown’s signing of California’s 33 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Department of Energy’s SunShot program, we can invest further to make solar competitive with all power sources, lowering long-term energy costs for all customers."

One of the SunPower systems that will be served with solar panels from the Milpitas plant is the 250 MW California Solar Valley Ranch (CVSR) in San Luis Obispo County, California. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer; 350 people will reportedly be hired.