Solar panel maker SunPower has partnered with Amazon, Amazon Web Services and IBM to deliver a solar panel to space.
The deal comes as NASA continues its search for ways to use space to improve its solar power program, according to a press release from the companies.
The news comes after NASA launched its “Polaris Challenge” competition in January to find new ways to make solar panels accessible to the public.
The competition seeks proposals that use the Solar Power System to power space stations, spacecraft, or spacecraft that can support the research of NASA.
The solar power system will include batteries, solar panels, and solar modules, as well as a range of applications including space transportation, weather forecasting, and energy storage.
The announcement comes as solar power is expected to play a major role in the growth of renewable energy.
In 2017, the industry installed nearly 10 gigawatts of solar power capacity, and NASA expects to grow that figure to more than 20 gigawatts by 2022.
In 2018, NASA awarded the first Solar Power Systems Contract to a company that could provide solar power to the International Space Station.
In 2019, NASA signed a contract with SolarCity to provide space stations with solar power.
The companies are expected to provide solar panels and solar panels components for NASA’s future missions to the moon and other planetary bodies.