Clean Power Solar Ranch One

Published on April 11th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen


Antelope Valley’s “Solar Ranch One” Gets Financing

April 11th, 2012 by  

Solar Ranch One

The massive solar farm slated to be built in Antelope Valley, Solar Ranch One, just received its first loan advance this week. Exelon Corporation and First Solar, Inc. also announced that the received loan was guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, and Exelon is now officially the owner of the project.

First Solar, a world leader in solar module manufacturing, will be providing the hardware. Exelon, headquartered in Chicago, is one of the nation’s leading competitive energy providers — as well as BGE in Maryland, ComEd in Illinois, and PECO in Pennsylvania. The joint project is expected to further the growth of solar power in the U.S. and around the world.

Solar Ranch One

The solar project, named Solar Ranch One, is one of the largest in the world. It’s a 230-megawatt project that is supposed to generate enough electricity to power 75,000 average California homes (yes, energy consumption was calculated specifically for California). It will also enable a reduction of 140,000 (metric) tons of carbon emissions per year, with the only waste production created during the actual production of the solar panels (a minimal amount compared to other power options).

As the loan advancement has now been received, the first part of the array is scheduled to go online later this year. The array is expected to be fully operational by the end of next year, and the California Public Utilities Commission has approved a 25-year power purchase agreement for the full output of the plant.

Whether or not the plant functions at the expected capacity, hopefully the ambitious project will act as something of an example for the solar industry.

Questions or comments? Please let us know below.

Source: First Solar
Image: Wikimedia Commons

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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.

  • Bob_Wallace

    There’s a little problem with this project.

    Some of the components (the panels?) have not been UL listed.

    It’s not clear that this is important. It’s not a federal requirement for “behind the fence” components and it has not been enforced in California on other projects. It could just be an inspector error.

    Things do not always go smoothly….

  • lukealization

    Wow! This project must be huge! Luckily California has more than enough desert for solar projects… 😀

    • Seriously huge. Curious to see the photos once it’s complete.

    • Ridersinthesky_85

      Yeah but how would you like it if your backyard was turned into a huge glass field?

      • Luke

        Stop your whinging, NIMBY. We aren’t going to stop our progress switching to a renewable & secure energy source just because you don’t like a few solar panels.

        I have a ‘glass field’ installed on my roof and it provides me with clean, free power. Build a bridge and get over it.

      • we’ve got various options — “glass fields” (i.e. solar panels), wind turbines (like big white pinwheels), coal power plants (that kill millions of people and ruin the lives of many more), natural gas power plants (which do the same, but a little less so), nuclear power plants (which could melt down and ruin a country, and which create radioactive waste that lasts longer than humans have existed for)… which do you choose?

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