Antelope Valley Solar Ranch

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Antelope Valley Solar Ranch
Antelope Valley Solar Ranch is located in California
Antelope Valley Solar Ranch
Location of the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch in California
Country United States
Location Antelope Valley, California
Coordinates 34°46′30″N 118°25′30″W / 34.77500°N 118.42500°W / 34.77500; -118.42500Coordinates: 34°46′30″N 118°25′30″W / 34.77500°N 118.42500°W / 34.77500; -118.42500
Status Operational
Construction began August 2011
Commission date April 2014 [1]
Construction cost $1.36 billion[2]
Owner(s) Exelon
Solar field
Type Flat-panel PV
Site area 2,100 acres (8.50 km2)
Power generation
Units operational 3,800,000
Nameplate capacity 150 MWAC[3]
Max: 266 MW, 230 MWAC[4]
Annual output 623 GWh

The Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 (AVSR1) is a 266-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant near Lancaster within Antelope Valley, in the western Mojave Desert, Southern California. It uses cadmium telluride modules made by the US thin-film manufacturer First Solar. The project was developed by First Solar and later bought by Exelon Corporation in 2011. The solar facility was fully commissioned in April 2014.[3][5]

In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a $646 million loan guarantee to support the project's construction.[6] This loan guarantee was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[7] The project is expected to create 350 construction jobs and 20 permanent jobs.[6]

On February 20, 2013, the first 100 MWAC came online.[8] The plant will use approximately 3.8 million solar panels,[5] about 20% of which will be mounted on single-axis tracking racks.[6] When fully operational, the plant is expected to generate enough energy for 75,000 homes, displacing 140,000 tons of CO2.[8] The power generated by AVSR1 is being purchased by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement.[6][8]

Production[edit]

Generation (MW·h) of AV Solar Ranch One [9]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2014 60,933 56,929 52,593 42,933 30,309 243,697
2015 37,018 44,005 54,695 58,280 62,283 57,808 61,724 61,790 53,927 47,614 43,426 36,838 619,408
2016 32,935 46,208 53,436 55,097 62,375 61,868 64,535 61,770 56,081 46,491 41,614 31,884 614,294
Total 1,477,399

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ commissioning date, [1], Energy.gov
  2. ^ "First Solar shares jump after Antelope Valley construction OKd". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b GreenTechMedia.com, Herman K. Trabish, First Solar Cleared to Resume Construction in Antelope Valley, 19 May 2013
  4. ^ GreenTechMedia.com, Herman K. Trabish, Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One: The Solar Power Plant That Could, 5 March 2012
  5. ^ a b "Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One". Exelon. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Exelon (Antelope Valley Solar Ranch)". US Department of Energy (DOE). Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Loans - Award Summary: AV Solar Ranch 1, LLC". Recovery.gov. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "AV Solar Ranch One Solar Power Plant Achieves 100 MW Milestone". First Solar. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "AV Solar Ranch One, Monthly". Electricity Data Browser. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved March 8, 2017.