USA - SunPower ( http://www.sunpowercorp.com ) was selected by Florida Power and Light Company to build the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the United States, and a second power plant at the Kennedy Space Center. Florida Power and Light Company is a subsidiary of FPL Group.
The installation will include a 25-megawatt power plant in DeSoto County, Fla., and a 10-megawatt project at the Kennedy Space Center. SunPower will design and build the facilities and FPL will own, operate and maintain the systems.
The DeSoto plant will be completed in 2009; the plant at the Kennedy Space Center will be completed in 2010. Construction is contingent on approval of the Florida Public Service Commission.
Solar photovoltaic power plants can be easily integrated into existing utility grid networks, and install much faster than conventional forms of power generation. SunPower will install SunPower panels, the highest efficiency solar panels on the market, at both sites.
At the DeSoto site, the company will install its SunPower Tracker system, which tilts toward the sun as it moves across the sky, significantly increasing daily energy production compared with fixed-tilt systems while reducing land-use requirements.
The combination of SunPower`s high-efficiency panels and high-energy collection tracking systems, delivers the world`s highest power density solar systems and low cost energy.
Florida Power and Light Company joined with Gov. Crist on June 25, 2008, to announce these and one other solar power project, which will make Florida No. 2 in the nation in solar power production. The projects are subject to regulatory approval.