During the three-year construction phase, the projects will create around 650 new jobs and are expected to contribute about $500m to the local economy.

Designed and developed by SunPower, the projects will generate enough electricity to power around 400,000 average local homes.

Southern California Edison will purchase the electricity generated from the projects, under two long-term power purchase contracts.

Commenting on the projects, MidAmerican Solar president Paul Caudill said that the Antelope Valley Solar Projects are contributing to the local economy and are providing required jobs for the local people.

SunPower Regions president Howard Wenger said, "SunPower is proud to partner with MidAmerican Solar and Southern California Edison on this historic project, which is bringing critically needed jobs and economic opportunity to California today and will generate abundant clean, renewable power to the state over the long term."

MidAmerican Solar owns the Antelope Valley Solar Projects, while SunPower will provide operations and maintenance services for the plants through a multiyear services agreement.