Construction Begins On 11.6 MW LADWP Project

An 11.6 MW solar system has begun taking shape at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) high-desert Adelanto Switching and Converter Station.

The system features domestically produced solar panels, racking, inverters and other balance-of-system components, SolarWorld notes. It is being designed and procured by SolarWorld Power Projects, the company's engineering, procurement and construction division based in Camarillo, Calif.

In addition to 46,322 250 W modules from SolarWorld, LADWP's installation includes 600 A connectors and surge arresters and 13 Envirotemp FR3 fluid-filled transformers manufactured by Cooper Power Systems in Waukesha, Wis., and 13 inverters assembled by SMA America in Denver. The project's switchboard and 117 combiner boxes also were domestically manufactured.

Located on a 42-acre site about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, the project is the largest domestic installation to use SolarWorld's Sunfix ground-mount system, the company adds. The Adelanto system features more than 5 million pounds of aluminium Sunfix ground-mount racking as well as 9,600 steel piers, which form the project's underground structural foundation.

The Adelanto project is expected to produce 22,400 MWh during its first year and 515,700 MWh over a 25-year period.

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