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Xcel Energy, SunPower Building Solar Power Plant in Colorado

Xcel Energy, an electricity and natural gas utility, and SunPower Corporation, a manufacturer of solar electric systems, will build a 17-megawatt AC photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Alamosa County, Colorado, according to a joint company statement. When completed, the plant is expected to be the second-largest high-efficiency solar PV power plant in North America. The companies say that approximately 200 construction jobs will be created as a result of the project. "We believe that solar power generation will play an increasingly vital role in our efforts to meet the wishes of our Colorado customers for more renewable, clean energy sources," says Tim Taylor, president and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. "SunPower's experienced approach to solar power plant design and construction will allow us to quickly complete this important project." The plant, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2010, will use SunPower's Tracker systems, which tilt toward the sun as it moves across the sky, increasing energy capture. The project is contingent on approval by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

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