SunPower Oasis Platform Permits Faster, Less Expensive Solar Power Plant Installations

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SunPower is now offering its fully integrated Oasis Solar Power Plant platform to solar power developers and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) providers worldwide via its new SunPower Solutions business unit.The new unit will leverage the company’s extensive history of developing, financing, constructing, operating, and maintaining solar power plants over the past ten years. That experience allows SunPower to complete a solar power plant faster and for less money, leading to more affordable renewable energy for utility customers.

“The SunPower Oasis platform delivers competitive cost of energy with the proven reliability and quality of SunPower technology in a fully pre-engineered complete solution,” says SunPower president and CEO Tom Werner. “Through SunPower Solutions, we enable solar power plant customers around the world to achieve the same standards of excellence with respect to installation speed, quality, and performance that we have demonstrated in over 1,000 large-scale solar power plant projects on six continents since 2004.”

“The market for solar power plants is rapidly globalizing, with solar power now the most competitive form of new electricity generation in many countries,” Werner adds. “In most emerging markets, there is not yet a significant base of installed solar capacity and limited experience siting, designing, constructing and operating large-scale solar facilities. SunPower’s fully-integrated Oasis platform allows local developers and EPC companies new to solar power to minimize risk to project construction schedules and ensure reliable operation while delivering competitive cost of energy.”

At the present time, SunPower Solutions has operations in more than 10 countries and has signed contracts this year to supply SunPower power plant technology to projects in North America, Europe, and Oceania. In total, those projects will provide almost 200 megawatts of clean, renewable solar power.

The SunPower Oasis Power Plant is a complete system that can be installed quickly at minimum cost. Each installation makes the best possible use of the available site, which maximizes value for customers. It features 50% fewer parts than conventional solar plant systems and has an integrated solar tracker design that streamlines construction and reduces operations and maintenance costs.

“Every part of the Oasis platform is engineered to maximize energy yield, delivering a more efficient, reliable solution for long-term energy production,” continued Werner. “The SunPower Oasis platform uses drones and our proprietary software to quickly survey sites and select the optimal layout to achieve project financial and energy goals. Oasis trackers are designed to flexibly accommodate steeper slopes and minimize on-site grading. EPC companies appreciate that Oasis is fast and easy to install, and end customers benefit from up to 67 percent more lifetime energy density from a given site.”

Each Oasis Power Plant uses SunPower P-Series solar panels, which are cost effective and more efficient than conventional panels over the lifetime of the system. They are sealed to prevent moisture intrusion and benefit from unique interconnection technology that eliminates the most common solar panel failure mode. SunPower was recently chosen by Toyota as the provider for the rooftop solar system atop the company’s new US headquarters in Plano, Texas.