Fluor wins contract for Copper Crossing solar power plant

Solar panel manufacturer Sunpower has awarded EPCM provider Fluor a contract for the construction of the 20MW Copper Crossing photovoltaic solar power plant on 144 acres of formerly private agricultural land in Pinal County, Arizona.

Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value into backlog in the first quarter of 2011.

Iberdrola Renewables, which is developing Copper Crossing and will own and operate it, will sell the electricity under a long-term contract to utility provider Salt River Project for distribution on the region’s utility grid.

According to Fluor, the project will create employment opportunities and provide revenue for schools, health, fire and other critical services in Pinal County.