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Antelope on Its Way to Warren

by Staff
Modern Power Systems, January 10, 2013

MidAmerican Solar, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Renewables, has acquired from SunPower Corp the 579 MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP), two co-located projects in Kern and Los Angeles counties in California. Together, the two will form the largest permitted solar photovoltaic power development in the world and will create an estimated 650 jobs during construction.

"MidAmerican Renewables, a subsidiary of the [Warren Buffet owned] MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, has a total portfolio of more than 1830 MW of owned assets, including wind, geothermal, solar and hydro assets," said Bill Fehrman, president of MidAmerican Renewables.."

The Antelope Valley Solar Projects will provide energy to Southern California Edison (SCE) under two long-term power purchase contracts approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. SunPower developed the two projects over the last four years. At the 3230-acre site, SunPower will install SunPower Oasis products, a modular solar technology that is engineered to rapidly deploy utility-scale solar projects while minimising land use. SunPower will be the engineering, procurement and construction contractor and will operate and maintain the facility via a multiyear services agreement. Construction of the solar project is scheduled to begin in first quarter 2013, with the plants expected to be complete by year-end 2015.

AVSP has secured final conditional use permits and has completed full environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.

MidAmerican Solar's projects also include the 550 MW Topaz Solar Farms in San Luis Obispo County, California, and a 49 percent ownership interest in the 290 MW Agua Caliente solar project in Yuma County, Arizona.

SunPower has more than 1000 MW of solar power plants operating worldwide, including the first 130 MW of the 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch, currently under construction.

Antelope on Its Way to Warren
Modern Power Systems, January 10, 2013

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