Sunpower will build solar projects to supply a Chevron oil field and a Gap distribution center

The 34 MW thermal solar-to-steam power plant in Coalinga, California, has been commissioned in 2011 for Chevron to help save energy during crude oil production.

US solar technology and energy services provider Sunpower Corp. announced construction is underway on the »Lost Hills« solar project. The 35 MW system will feature Performance Series solar panels assembled in Hillsboro, Oregon, and deliver electricity to Chevron's Lost Hills oil field in Kern County, California, under a power purchase agreement. Over the project's term of up to 20 years, it is estimated to produce more than 1.4 billion kilowatt hours. Once complete in early 2020, the solar project is expected to provide power to the Lost Hills production and processing facilities and offices, meeting approximately 80 percent of its energy needs. Goldman Sachs Renewable Power (GSRP) will own the system and Chevron will receive environmental credits under the state of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. The Lost Hills oil field was discovered in 1910, producing more than 460 million barrels of oil equivalent over the past 40 years.
Furthermore, the first solar panel has been installed at a 3 MW Sunpower solar project for global retailer Gap Inc. at its distribution center in Fresno, California. Once complete, the system is expected to help Gap Inc. meet approximately 50 percent of the Fresno facility's energy needs and reduce the company's operating expenses, while supporting the company's goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy across its global owned and operated facilities by 2030. Goldman Sachs Renewable Power (GSRP) owns the system, while Gap Inc. will purchase electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement and will retain the associated renewable energy credits. The ground-mount solar energy system to be built by RP Construction Services Inc will feature Sunpower's Performance Series solar panels assembled at the company's Hillsboro, Oregon, factory. The 3 MW project is the second Sunpower solar project installed at Gap Inc.'s Fresno location, joining a 1 MW ground-mount system constructed in 2008.

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