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SunPower Corp. announced today that the third-generation SunPower® Oasis® platform for large-scale solar power plants, featuring a seamless integration of hardware and software unprecedented in the solar industry, is launching at an event today at SunPower’s new research and development facility in Davis, California.
“The Oasis platform is a complete solution that optimizes energy production and maximizes value for our power plant customers,” said Tom Werner, president and CEO of SunPower. “Integral to each Oasis component, from the automated design tools to robotic panel cleaning, is more than 30 years of solar industry innovation and experience that only SunPower offers, enabling our customers to benefit from the world’s most efficient, reliable solar technology available.”
With more than 700 megawatts of the third-generation Oasis platform projects awarded to date, SunPower is starting construction on solar power plants in North America and China using the technology in the next several weeks. Beginning next year, all new solar power plants from SunPower will be constructed using the third generation Oasis platform.
“SunPower Oasis allows customers to generate more value from a broader selection of potential power plant sites, at an accelerated pace,” Werner continued. “An Oasis solar power plant may be designed 90 percent faster than the time required to design conventional solar power plants. While flat, rectangular-shaped sites are required for other trackers on the market, Oasis can take advantage of unused irregularly shaped areas and slopes up to ten degrees to generate up to 60 percent more energy than conventional technology installed at the same site. Each additional ten acres of usable land on a site may represent two to four more megawatts of power, which can significantly impact a project’s bottom line.”
From project development through operations and maintenance (O&M), the Oasis platform optimizes return on investment with the following features:
The SunPower Research and Development Ranch, where SunPower is launching the new Oasis platform today, will host concept testing for new technologies that drive continued innovation in the energy industry. SunPower anticipates the R&D Ranch will create dozens of jobs in research and technology over the next five years. A leader in solar innovation and solar R&D investment, SunPower holds more than 600 patents.
Distinguished guests expected at today’s event include Dr. Charlie Gay, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, David Olsen of the California ISO Board of Governors, and SunPower founder Dr. Richard Swanson. The event includes a panel discussion on the future of large scale solar plants, moderated by Greentech Media’s Julia Pyper.
Since launching its first-generation Oasis platform in 2010, SunPower has more than three gigawatts of solar power plants installed, under contract or in construction around the world, including the world’s largest operational solar photovoltaic power plant, the Solar Star Projects in California.
The original Oasis platform was the first of SunPower’s three fully-integrated systems built to work together for customer goals. The SunPower® Helix™ platform for commercial rooftops, ground and carports was launched in 2016, and the SunPower Equinox platform for residential rooftops made its debut earlier this year.