SunPower Helps Water Plant Go Solar
SunPower Corp. ( SPWR ) has installed a 7.5-megawatt high efficiency solar power system on the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant located in the city of Phoenix. This water treatment plant has the capacity to generate 15 billion gallons of tap water each year.
This installation will be the largest and will likely meet 70.0% of the plant’s electrical power needs. Solar power system consists of 22,936 solar panels, which are being used to save approximately 15 million kilowatt-hours (“kWh”) each year. As compared to the conventional kind of electricity, the use of this system will save approximately $4.2 million over a span 20 years.
At the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant, a 6-megawatt ground-mounted solar array will be installed with a SunPower T0 Tracker system. This tracker system will absorb sunlight by more than 25% in comparison to conventional fixed-tilt systems as it positions the solar panels well to follow the sun’s movement during the day.