SunPower Starts Construction On 102-MW Henrietta Project
SunPower Corp. last week announced it has started construction on the 102-megawatt (AC) Henrietta Solar Project in Kings County, Calif. The system will generate power for Pacific Gas and Electric’s customers under a long-term power purchase agreement. SunPower expects the plant to be operational by the end of 2016.
The plant near NAS Lemoore is by far the largest solar project in the county and is near where several other solar farms will operate.The site will be a future landmark for travelers heading to the Coast on the Avenal Cutoff.Nearby two other major solar plants will be built totaling over 50MW and also should be operating at the end of next year when federal incentives expire.
SunPower anticipates that about 350 jobs will be created during construction of Henrietta. Approximately $73 million in local economic impact and an estimated $3.8 million in tax revenue will be generated as a result of the project says the company. Once operational, the Henrietta project is expected to generate enough electricity for more than 22,000 homes, according to estimates provided by the Solar Energy Industries Association.
SunPower is constructing a SunPower® Oasis® Power Plant system at the approximately 670- acre Henrietta site. The company will utilize a technology that includes robotic solar panel cleaning capability that uses 75 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods and can help improve system performance by up to 15 percent.