In a press release on April 22, Exelon and SunPower Corp announced that they had entered into an agreement to develop the largest urban solar power plant in the US. The new solar plant will be placed on 39 acres of a former industrial site on Chicago’s South Side. The brownfield site will generate 10 megawatts of solar powered electricity that will be used to provide for the yearly energy needs of close to 1,500 homes.
Exelon Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe stated, ” As a provider of electrical service in urban areas, we understand the importance of finding urban locations for renewable energy and we are pleased to bring the largest urban solar installation to West Pullman, helping to revitalize an area where industry once thrived.” SunPower’s CEO Tom Werner added, “Today, SunPower’s solar PV technology can be implemented anywhere and at any scale – from rooftops, to parking lots, to utility-scale power plants, and urban industrial sites. Delivering a 10-megawatt solar plant in a space-constrained, 39-acre area is only possible using SunPower’s high-efficiency solar technology, which generates more power per square foot than competing technologies.”