Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 27th May
Maxeon Solar Technologies will supply approximately one GW of its high efficiency bifacial Performance 5 UPP solar panels for the construction of the Gemini solar plus storage power plant project located near Las Vegas, Nevada. The project will be built, owned, and operated by Primergy Solar. The agreement calls for modules to be supplied over a four-quarter period starting in the second quarter of 2022; project completion is planned by the end of 2023.
“We are thrilled to select Maxeon Solar Technologies to supply solar modules for our Gemini solar and energy storage project in southern Nevada. Because of Maxeon’s high module power output and demonstrated long-term reliability, we are able to deliver the optimal energy output to our customer while minimizing impacts to the desert ecosystem,” said Ty Daul, Primergy CEO. “The proximity of Maxeon’s module factory to our project site was also a key consideration, offering significant logistical benefits, reduced supply chain carbon impacts, and ultimately reduced costs for energy consumers.”
Gemini is planned to feature nearly 1.8 million shingled bifacial Performance 5 UPP solar modules that are engineered with materials innovations that range from encapsulants to aerospace-grade conductive adhesives. These materials protect cells and minimize power loss from exposure to the extreme environmental conditions in Nevada, including arid deserts and vast daily and seasonal temperature ranges. Maxeon’s Performance 5 solar panels have a rated efficiency of up to 21.1%.
“We are pleased to supply Primergy as the module technology provider for this iconic project, which will be one of the largest operational solar power system in the U.S. when completed, delivering emission-free power for homes and businesses in Nevada,” said Jeff Waters, CEO of Maxeon Solar Technologies. “The size and importance of this project is yet another example of how our utility scale customers trust Maxeon for their solar power plants in the U.S. and around the world. By using our shingled technology, they benefit from the continuous innovation and the demonstrated reliability that we offer to the utility scale segment. With our value proposition of long-term high-output performance and field-proven durability, utility scale plant owners and operators can maximize power generation and benefit from predicable returns on their investment for 30 years or more.”
The Gemini project is expected to provide a stable foundation to support the start-up and initial operation of Maxeon’s new Performance line module capacity that will serve the U.S. solar power market. Using large-format G12 mono-PERC solar cells manufactured by Maxeon in Malaysia, and module assembly by Maxeon in Mexicali, Mexico, it is anticipated that this project will take a significant portion of the expected output of Maxeon’s new capacity during the first year of operation.