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AV Solar Ranch 1 gets US$646m DoE loan guarantee

The 230 MW Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 has received a US$646 million loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy (DoE).

By Kari Williamson

The alternating current cadmium telluride (Cd-Te) thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) facility will be located in Antelope Valley in North Los Angeles County, California.

The solar project, which was recently acquired by Exelon Corporation, will consist of First Solar's FS Series 3 PV Modules, as well as inverters with voltage regulation and monitoring technologies.

The thin-film solar ranch is expected to produce 622 GWh annually.

“Innovation and investments in America’s clean energy future are critical to our continued competitiveness in the global market,” says Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Solar generation facilities, like the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch, helps make solar power more reliable and cost effective, supplies clean energy to local utilities, and funds hundreds of new jobs in the region.”

The Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 Project will sell its power to Pacific Gas & Electric Company under a power purchase agreement (PPA).

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