At an employee recognition and commissioning event near the town of Adelanto in California’s Mojave Desert, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) dedicated the Adelanto Solar Power Plant, an 11.4-MW solar power installation designed and supplied by SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years. The Adelanto project, which features SolarWorld’s American-made solar panels and proprietary racking, will harvest the solar energy advantages of clean, renewable power for homes and businesses in Los Angeles.
“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. “The selection of SolarWorld, a company that designs and manufacturers complete solar systems in America according to the highest quality, safety and environmental standards, gives us the confidence to know that this system will reliably serve our ratepayers for decades into the future.”
Located on a 40-acre site 65 miles north of Los Angeles, the Adelanto project features an impressive assortment of domestically produced electrical components. In addition to American-made solar panels and racking, the project’s inverters, connectors, surge arresters, transformers, combiner boxes and switch board all were made in the USA. All told, seven domestic manufacturers employing more than 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.