SunPower Bringing More Solar to the Military with 19 MW PV System at Nellis Air Force Base


SunPower announces it will be building a 19 MW solar PV system at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. SunPower completed a 14 MW system at the base in 2007 — at the time, the largest PV system in the country.


The U.S military continues to lead the way in solar adoption with installations at bases around the country. Today, SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) announced that it has been selected by NV Energy to build a 19 MW (DC) solar PV power system at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.


The system is expected to be constructed next year, contingent on contract approval by Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission. It will be the second major solar installation at the military facility; SunPower completed a 14 MW (DC) solar power system at the base in 2007.


Things have changed since then. Now, it’s much easier to install a large system.


“We are pleased to team again with NV Energy. In 2007, it took nine months to construct the 14-megawatt plant at Nellis Air Force Base, which was the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the U.S. at the time,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, regions. “Today, we can install more than one megawatt per day at our larger power plant sites, creating long-term value for our utility customers and competing effectively with traditional energy sources. We congratulate NV Energy for their leadership in renewable energy and are pleased to work with them on this important project.”


“NV Energy looks forward to the opportunity to bring more clean, renewable energy to power facilities and military operations at Nellis Air Force Base,” said Stacey Kusters, vice president, renewable energy and origination for NV Energy. “Our partnership with SunPower is a key component of achieving our renewable energy goals at a competitive cost.”


SunPower will build a SunPower Oasis Power Plant system at the site. Oasis is a fully integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use.


The completed plant is expected to offset almost 27,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, the equivalent of removing 136,800 cars from Nevada’s roads over the next 25 years.