Solar industry giant SunPower combines drone maps with their proprietary software to streamline prospecting and design cycles. DroneDeploy helps the company’s growing drone program mobilize its international fleet of operators and deploy solar farms on a global scale.
Building a Drone Program to Support the Future of Solar Energy
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower is a global solar technology and innovation company and a leading provider of solar solutions for the residential, commercial, and power plant markets. The company provides high efficiency solar panels and power plant technology for large-scale solar developers around the world. As part of this process, SunPower offers site evaluation and layout design services.
To hear more about how SunPower leverages drone maps and 3D models, we spoke to Kingsley Chen, who is the chief drone operator for the company’s UAV program. Before taking his current position at SunPower, Kingsley focused on utility power plant performance optimization. He currently coordinates the company’s international drone program. He discussed the Gala Solar Power Plant, currently under construction on a 130-acre site outside of Bend, Oregon.