Colorado Springs Utilities and SunPower Corp. announced the completion of the 6-megawatt solar photovoltaic energy method in the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The project was funded in element by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It originated from requirements that government facilities use escalating amounts of renewable power as well as USAFA’s Net Zero Initiative, which set a goal for the Academy to generate 100 % in the electricity it requirements from on-base renewable energy sources. SunPower and USAFA will each very own 50 percent of the renewable power credits and environmental gains connected with the method.

The method uses high-efficiency SunPower solar panels with the SunPower™ T0 Tracker technique. The Tracker follows the sun’s movement during the day, rising sunlight capture by as much as 25 % more than conventional fixed-tilt systems, when considerably reducing land use specifications. The technique continues to be created to meet USAFA’s stringent engineering design and style standards.

According to Environmental Protection Agency estimates, the system in the USAFA will keep away from more than 9,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every single year, the equivalent of getting rid of 40,900 automobiles from Colorado’s highways above 25 years.

SunPower has worked with federal agencies given that 1999, and has extra than 40 megawatts of solar power systems installed or below contract at government facilities, which includes systems at Nellis Air Force Base as well as the Washington, D.C. headquarters from the U.S. Department of Power.