The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has dedicated the Adelanto Solar Power Plant, an 11.4-MW DC solar installation, at an employee event near the town of Adelanto, in California’s Mojave Desert.
The Adelanto project is comprised of 46,322 of SolarWorld’s 250-watt solar panels mounted on more than 5 million pounds of the company’s Sunfix ground mount racking system. The array is expected to generate 515,700 MWh of electricity over its 25-year life, the equivalent of powering 85,850 homes each for one year and replacing 290,000 metric tons of CO2.
“The Adelanto project marks an important milestone in the transition of LADWP’s power supply from coal power to more renewable sources of energy,” said Ronald O. Nichols, general manager of LADWP.
Located on a 40-acre site 65 miles north of Los Angeles, the Adelanto project boasts its American-made components, including the solar panels, racking, inverters, connectors, surge arresters, transformers, combiner boxes and switch board. All told, seven domestic manufacturers employing more 40,000 Americans were involved in the project.
“As we celebrate completion of the Adelanto Solar Power Plant, we applaud LADWP’s multi-faceted approach to solar energy deployment,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. “This project showcases the role that American engineering and manufacturing talent, throughout the entire solar supply chain, can and should play in utility-scale solar development.
The Adelanto Solar Power Plant ties into a switching and converter station at the southern terminus of LADWP’s Southern Transmission System, which links Southern California with wind farms and the existing Intermountain Power Project, a power-generation facility in Utah capable of producing 1,800 MW of electricity.