New Solar Power System Headed for Los Angeles

by Green Jobs Ready on March 2, 2011

According to recent journalistic coverage and several news releases, including information made public today by Business Wire, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has collaborated with solar energy firm SolarWorld to facilitate the development of a 11.6-megawatt DC solar system that is currently estimated to provide enough alternative energy to adequately supply 85,000 Los Angeles homes and to displace 290,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next two and a half decades.

Business Wire claims that this partnership will combine “the nation’s largest municipal utility with the largest and most experienced U.S. manufacturer of crystalline solar power technology.” The press release from Business Wire also goes on to state that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will install and facilitate the upkeep of the system while SolarWorld will provide the engineering power and materials to complete the operation successfully.

In February, both the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and SolarWorld began work on this project at the pre-existing Adelanto Switching and Convertor Station, apparently after an approval from the Board of Water and Power Commissioners for the project’s continuance in December.

“The technical features of Adelanto are advanced, and the design requirements are more sophisticated than typical systems of this size,” Raju Yenamandra, U.S. vice president of sales and a 30-year employee of SolarWorld’s Camarillo facility, is quoted by Business Wire as saying. “But having built the world’s first 1 MW system in California in 1981 and adapted many system types since then, we look forward to once again demonstrating our project-engineering ingenuity.”

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