Sharp’s PV modules will power up a 58MW (DC) solar project in California’s Central Valley that ranks as one of the largest installations in the world.
At present, Sharp Electronics Corporation, a subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation, has been providing power supply to one of the largest solar projects in the world, with the current flow beginning from the Avenal Solar Generating Facility in California’s Central Valley. The Avenal facility will provide 58 megawatts (MW dc) of solar PV generating capacity from Kings County, California utilizing Sharp photovoltaic (PV) modules.
The Avenal Solar Generating Facility was developed by Eurus Energy, a global renewable energy development company, and is jointly owned by Eurus and NRG Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG). Avenal includes three adjacent projects, all located on agricultural land near the city of Avenal in Kings County, California. All three projects utilize thin film solar modules from Sharp.
Eric Hafter, senior vice president for the Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group, said: “The scale of this project serves as a model for future installations utilizing cutting-edge thin film solar technology to maximize natural resources like our land and the sun to generate clean energy on a large scale.
“Working with partners like Eurus Energy America and NRG Solar, Sharp is proud to power one of the largest solar installations in the world.”
“We are very excited to have completed our first utility scale solar project in the U.S. with Sharp thin film technology. Based on Sharp’s long history in the business and exemplary reputation for quality, we have high expectations for the long term performance of these thin film modules,” added Mark Anderson, president and CEO of Eurus Energy America.
The energy produced by Avenal, which will be purchased by PG&E under 20-year power purchase agreements, is enough to power approximately 36,000 homes when operating at peak capacity.
The entire solar project is designed to displace over 225,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides (NO2), 630,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and 70,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, the equivalent of removing nearly 20,000 cars from the road.
The Sharp thin film solar panels utilized for the solar project feature Sharp’s tandem-junction design that captures a wider part of the solar spectrum. The panels were manufactured in the Sharp plant in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
This plant is designed to be one of the greenest manufacturing sites in the entire world.