SunPower, a leading solar technology and energy service provider, recently expanded its SunPower® Oasis™ C1 Power Plant solution by acquiring a robotic solar panel cleaning service company. The cleaning technology improves levelized cost of energy by reducing water usage and efficiently addressing panel soiling - a consistent challenge to array performance in dry and dusty regions such as the Middle East. Regular panel cleaning can increase annual energy production by up to 15 percent.
By requiring less than half a cup of water to clean each panel - approximately 90 percent less than traditional cleaning methods – SunPower offers a less costly, greener alternative. Additionally, the robots can be tailored specifically for each Oasis system. The proven technology has been used to wash hundreds of megawatts of systems in the U.S.
This update bolsters the global appeal of the fully-integrated, turnkey Oasis C1 Power Plant solution. The product features high-density 1.5 MW photovoltaic power blocks that include SunPower high-efficiency modules mounted on proprietary single-axis trackers, DC collection and a pre-engineered AC inverter station that includes a medium voltage transformer, plant control and communications systems.