LADWP and SolarWorld to build 11.6 MW LA solar project

While the LADWP will install, own and operate the Adelanto project, SolarWorld will reportedly supply complete system engineering, and 46,322 250-watt solar panels. It will also procure balance-of-system components, such as SMA America inverters.

Having been approved in December by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, work on the project, located at the LADWP’s existing high-desert Adelanto Switching and Convertor Station, got underway this month. LADWP says that the preliminary designs have been delivered, while soil testing has concluded and detailed engineering is now underway.

In a statement, it adds: "The system will feature several innovative design elements, including interconnection into a critical bulk-grid substation as well as a more efficient, leading-edge 1,000-volt solar power system. Further, the system will incorporate SolarWorld Sunfix ground-mount systems featuring flexible aluminum structures to minimize site-preparation costs."

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