Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One is a 230-meagwatt solar photovoltaic (PV) project under construction in northern Los Angeles Couty, Calif. When fully operational, AV Solar Ranch One will be one of the largest PV solar projects in the world, generating enough clean, renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 75,000 average homes per year. Acquired by Exelon in September 2011, the project is expected to come online in late 2012, and full operation is planned for late 2013.
AV Solar Ranch One demonstrates how Exelon 2020, the company’s business and environmental strategy, delivers value through clean, low-carbon energy investments. When completed, the project will displace approximately 140,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year – the equivalent of taking approximately 30,000 cars off the road. It will generate electricity with no water use, no air emissions and no waste production.
Supporting the Local Economy
AV Solar Ranch One will deliver economic benefits to the local community and the state of California. These benefits include the generation of state and local tax revenues and creation of up to a peak of 400 construction jobs and up to 15 ongoing operations and maintenance positions, with an emphasis on hiring workers from the local area.
AV Solar Ranch One will employ First Solar’s FS Series 3 PV Module and deploy its tracking system on a portion of the facility. The technology will increase electricity output by tilting the solar panels to track the daily path of the sun. The project also will feature innovative inverters with voltage regulation and monitoring technologies, which provide more stable and continuous power, increasing the project’s efficiency and reliability.
All Exelon facilities employ sophisticated emergency response plans to protect public health and safety. These plans are reviewed and approved by state governments and regulatory agencies. The emergency planning includes coordination with local counties, municipalities and school districts.