About the Solar Star Projects

The co-located Solar Star Projects (formerly Antelope Valley Solar Projects) are a 579-megawatt solar installation that began construction in early 2013. The projects are situated on privately owned, previously disturbed land near Rosamond, California. When complete, the Solar Star Projects will deliver enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 255,000 homes, according to MidAmerican Solar. Along the way, the project will create approximately 650 construction jobs while helping California achieve its renewable energy goals.
 

MidAmerican Solar, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Renewables, owns the projects. SunPower Corporation was the developer of the projects; is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor; and will provide operations and maintenance services for the plants via a multiyear services agreement. Solar Star will be built with SunPower Oasis Power Plant technology, and will operate emissions-free for 20 years or more.
 

 

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

  • Approximately 650 construction jobs over a three-year construction period

  • More than $500 million in regional economic impact

  • Increased local business activity and public revenue

  • Up to 40 Operations and Maintenance jobs, including 15 full-time site positions

 

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

  • High-efficiency solar panels and SunPower Oasis Power Plant technology reduce land use

  • MidAmerican Solar cites an avoidance of more than 570,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year—the equivalent of removing over 2 million cars from the road over 20 years

  • Generation of clean electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 255,000 homes

 

 
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