The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has dedicated the 11.4 MW Adelanto Solar Power Plant in California's Mojave Desert.
Designed and procured by SolarWorld's engineering, procurement and construction division in Camarillo, Calif., the Adelanto project comprises over 46,000 250 W solar panels from SolarWorld, mounted on more than 5 million pounds of the company's Sunfix Ground Mount racking system.
Located on a 40-acre site 65 miles north of Los Angeles, the Adelanto project features many domestically produced electrical components. In addition to U.S.-made solar panels and racking, the project's inverters, connectors, surge arresters, transformers, combiner boxes and switch board all were made in the U.S., according to SolarWorld.
The project 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 1.8 GW of electricity.