SINGAPORE, May 20, 2021 – Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MAXN), a global solar power innovation leader, announced today that it has executed an agreement to supply approximately one gigawatt 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, United States (U.S.). The project is being built and will be 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 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.”
We expect the Gemini project 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. We plan for large-format G12 mono-PERC solar cells to be manufactured by Maxeon in Malaysia, and module assembly by Maxeon in Mexicali, Mexico. We anticipate this project to take a significant portion of the expected output of Maxeon’s new capacity during the first year of operation.
Maxeon continues to see robust demand for its Performance line products in the U.S. and elsewhere. Performance 5 UPP panels are available for purchase to global customers, discover more here. For more information about the Gemini project itself go to http://www.primergygemini.com.
About Maxeon Solar Technologies
Maxeon Solar Technologies (NASDAQ:MAXN) is Powering Positive Change™. Headquartered in Singapore, Maxeon designs and manufactures Maxeon® and SunPower® brand solar panels, and has sales operations in more than 100 countries, operating under the SunPower brand in certain countries outside the United States. The company is a leader in solar innovation with access to over 1,000 patents and two best-in-class solar panel product lines. Maxeon products span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,200 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a 35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology. For more information about how Maxeon is Powering Positive Change™ visit us at www.maxeon.com, on LinkedIn and on Twitter @maxeonsolar.
About Primergy Solar
Primergy Solar, LLC (https://www.primergysolar.com) is a developer, owner and operator focused on both distributed and utility scale solar PV and battery storage projects in North America. Primergy Solar features a diverse and talented team with decades of experience in renewables project development, financing, construction and operations. It is currently managing and progressing a significant portfolio of operational and development stage solar+ battery storage projects. Primergy Solar is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and represents Quinbrook’s principal solar and solar plus energy storage investment platform in North America.
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