Xcel Energy and SunPower Corp. have signed an agreement to build a 17 MW photovoltaic solar power plant in Colorado's Alamosa County. When completed at the end of 2010, the power plant will be the second-largest high-efficiency solar PV power plant in North America, according to the companies. It is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during construction.
The plant will use SunPower Tracker systems, which generate up to 30% more energy per land area than conventional systems and reduce land-use requirements, says SunPower. SunPower Trackers tilt toward the sun as it moves across the sky, increasing energy capture and providing more power on hot summer days, when utilities need it most.
Construction of the new Alamosa project is contingent upon several factors, including approval by the Colorado Public Utility Commission and project financing.Â
SOURCES: Xcel Energy, SunPower Corp.