Aug '08 - Jul '09
My classmates and I took a field trip yesterday with our professor to a solar array in the high desert East of Lancaster. It's attached to Bolthouse Farms and it helps to grow carrots. The array consists of 770 sun-tracking solar panels that produce a total of 1.9 megawatts of electricity per year. The array was created by a group called Regenesis Power, who worked with Mitsubishi Electric Solar to make the comprehensive system.
We went on a tour as part of a larger group.
Solar panels are so pretty up close.
Another view of the array. The panels are "tracking" which means that they follow the sun throughout the day. They adjust themselves every 4 minutes.
This is a picture of one of the 4 inverters which transforms the direct current power into alternating current power.
After visiting the array, we dodged some Creepy Guy that tried to attach himself to our class and took off. We then went to a family restaurant type place in the middle of nowhere that sold every type of food imaginable, most of which is terribly bad for you. And I had a delicious ostrich burger! All in all, a great way to spend a Saturday...