SunPower offers Oasis Power Plant platform to global solar power plant market

SunPower, through its newly formed SunPower Solutions business unit, has begun offering the completely-integrated SunPower Oasis Power Plant platform directly to solar power plant developers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) providers.

Over the past decade, SunPower has been involved in developing, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining solar power plants.

SunPower president and CEO Tom Werner said: "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.

"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."

Werner added: "The market for solar power plants is rapidly globalizing, with solar power now the most competitive form of new electricity generation in many countries.

 "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.”

The Oasis platform enables local developers and EPC companies new to solar power to reduce risk to project construction schedules and to ensure reliable operation whilst offering competitive cost of energy.

SunPower Solutions has operations in over 10 countries and has signed almost 200MW of contracts this year to supply its power plant technology to projects in North America, Europe and Oceania.

Last September, SunPower rolled out its third-generation Oasis Power Plant, a power plant solution that can be installed quickly and optimises site utilisation to provide maximum value to customers.

Its product features include 50% fewer parts than standard solar plant systems and an integrated solar tracker design that streamlines construction and reduces operations and maintenance costs.

Werner continued: "Every part of the Oasis platform is engineered to maximize energy yield, delivering a more efficient, reliable solution for long-term energy production.

"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."

Besides being cost-effective, SunPower P-Series solar panels are claimed to produce more energy than standard solar panels over the lifetime of the system.

P-Series panels come with proven materials, including a proprietary encapsulant that safeguards the solar cells from degradation caused by moisture.