US solar manufacturer and developer SunPower Corp (NASDAQ:SPWR) today said it will this month start building a 10-MW direct current (DC) solar facility at a US Army post in Alabama.
SunPower has designed the project at the Redstone Arsenal post, and will construct, operate and maintain it.
The Army will buy 100% of the power generated under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the company "at a cost equal to or less than Redstone Arsenal's current and projected utility rates." The system is expected to generate up to 18,000 MWh per year. It will be micro-grid ready, meaning it may be connected to a future micro-grid.
The US Army has a target of sourcing 25% of its energy consumption from renewables by 2025. It also has a goal of deploying 1 GW of renewable energy on Army installations by 2025.