SolarWorld is collaborating with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for the development of an 11.6MW (DC) solar project in Adelanto, California. Spread across 42-acres, the Adelanto solar array will generate 22,400MWh of energy during its first year and 515,700MWh over a 25-year period.
LADW will install, own and operate the solar system while SolarWorld oversees the system’s engineering, provides 46,322 250W Sunmodules solar panels and secures balance-of-system elements, including SMA American inverters. Construction on the project began in February after the Board of Water and Power Commissioners granted final approval for the project in December 2010.
“The technical features of Adelanto are advanced, and the design requirements are more sophisticated than typical systems of this size,” said Raju Yenamandra, U.S. vice president of sales and a 30-year veteran of SolarWorld’s plant in Camarillo. “But having built the world’s first 1MW system in California in 1981 and adapted many system types since then, we look forward to once again demonstrating our project-engineering ingenuity.”
LADWP and SolarWorld point out that the Adelanto solar project has novel design elements such as interconnection into a bulk-grid substation and a 1,000V solar power system. The installation will have SolarWorld’s Sunfix ground-mount systems with aluminum structures so that site-preparation costs can be diminished.
The California-based solar project was financed through federal Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds that were offered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.