The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has partnered with SolarWorld to develop a 11.6 megawatt (MW) direct current solar system to help power the city. The municipal utility is the nation’s largest and will own and operate the 42 acre site while SolarWorld will provide over 46,000 solar modules. Approved last December, the project is now in the detailed engineering phase.
Work on the solar system is being done at LADWP’s Adelanto Switching and Convertor Station about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, and when completed will have the capacity to power over 85,000 homes and displace 290,000 metric tons of CO2 over 25 years.
SolarWorld will also supply the system with advanced SMA America inverters to convert the solar energy to 10 MW AC power that can be ready for transmission to Los Angeles. The crystalline solar panels are expected to produce 22,400 megawatt hours (MWH) of energy during the first year, and 515,700 MWH over a 25 year period.
The solar system in Adelanto is is one of three LADWP projects financed by Qualified Energy Conversation Bonds, a $2.4 billion loan program that is part of the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Projects like these are helping Los Angeles meet their goals for renewable energy. Earlier this year, the city announced that 20% of its electricity in 2010 came from renewable sources.