Solar system to power 85,000 Los Angeles homes
March 28, 2011 4:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is building an 11.6-megawatt solar plant here that utility officials say will power more than 85,000 Los Angeles homes over 25 years.

The $48 million renewable energy project will be constructed on 42 acres at the LADWP Adelanto Switching and Converter Station, a 300-acre site west of Highway 395 near Bellflower Street and Rancho Road.

The project will be a major boost to the renewable energy production of LADWP, which is the nation’s largest municipal utility and serves about 1.4 million electric customers in Los Angeles. The LADWP is pairing with SolarWorld, one of the largest manufacturers of crystalline solar power technology, to engineer and supply 46,322 solar panels.

It’s the biggest project undertaken by SolarWorld, which built California’s first 1MW system in California in 1981, according to spokesman Ben Santarris. He added it’s also one of the company’s more challenging engineering projects because of the complexity of the station, which links Southern California utilities with central Utah.

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