Located in the Antelope Valley area of North Los Angeles County, the 1372 acre, 242 MW AV Solar Ranch One, produces enough electricity to meet the annual energy needs of about 75,000 average homes, displacing approximately 140,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year—the equivalent of taking about 30,000 cars off the road.
Sited on previously disturbed agricultural land, the project location was selected based on the quality of the solar resource, proximity to existing electrical transmission lines, compatibility with existing land uses and limited environmental impacts. There are no threatened or endangered species on the site and the project does not use water for electricity generation. The facility provided economic benefits to businesses in the Antelope Valley including engineering and design firms, construction subcontractors, suppliers, and service providers.
More than 400 construction workers were hired for the project providing employment opportunities for qualified local residents. Exelon owns the facility and First Solar built and continues to operate and maintain it.