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World’s largest solar power development starts construction in Antelope Valley

World’s largest solar power development starts construction in Antelope Valley
A poppy field in Antelope Valley, California

Construction of two major solar photovoltaic projects has kicked off at the Antelope Valley in California.

MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp. are collaborating on the construction of the 579-megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Project, a solar photovoltaic development that will consist of two projects co-located in Kern and Los Angeles counties.

The Antelope Valley Solar Project represents the “world’s largest solar power development” currently under construction.

The project will have a three-year construction period during which it will employ about 650 workers while generating over $500 million in regional economic impact.

“The Antelope Valley Solar Projects are already creating needed jobs and economic opportunity in local communities, while at the same time, providing direct, long-term environmental benefits,” said Paul Caudill, president of MidAmerican Solar.

When completed, the Antelope Valley Solar Projects will deliver clean electricity to around 400,000 average California households under two long-term power purchase contracts with Southern California Edison.

At the same time, the projects will prevent nearly 775,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually – equivalent to taking about three million cars off the road over the next 20 years.

MidAmerican Solar owns the two solar projects, which it acquired from SunPower at the start of this year (see related story). SunPower provides the engineering, procurement and construction services and will also provide operations and maintenance services for the plants under a multiyear services agreement. – EcoSeed Staff



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