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Turn on the sun: New LADWP solar plant to power 3,300 homes

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LADWP crews creative solved problems that cropped up. For example, they used a cable management system to organize thousands of modular plugs and cables attached to each solar panel.

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Electrical Construction Crew completes installation of one of 4,322 ground-mounted solar panels.

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Located about 65 miles north of L.A. near the community of Adelanto, Calif. The project produces 10 MW (AC) power, which is enough energy to meet the needs of 3,300 typical homes each year.

solar plant

Photo credit: LADWP

Located about 65 miles north of L.A. near the community of Adelanto, Calif. The project produces 10 MW (AC) power, which is enough energy to meet the needs of 3,300 typical homes each year.


The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is 46,000 panels closer to its green goals on Monday with the debut of a new solar plant in the Mojave Desert.

The $48 million, 10 megawatt exploding sun catcher can power 3,300 homes a year, according to LADWP. Located 65 miles north of the city, the Adelanto Solar Power Project began generating electricity to Los Angeles on June 30.

About 20 percent of LADWP electricity is currently obtained from renewable energy sources, including wind farms. The utility has a goal of obtaining a third of its power from green sources by 2020.  

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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