Businesses in Victorville, CA

By Joe Morris on April 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Wes Aldridge

With plenty of juice, and lots of room to grow, it’s good business to be in the High Desert. As Victor Valley continues to blaze trails in both traditional and alternative energy production, new and existing businesses alike benefit from affordable, plentiful power.

Alternative-energy Projects

In the alternative-energy arena, there’s Victorville 2, or VV2, a hybrid gas-and-solar energy plant just north of Southern California Logistics Airport. The 300-acre site cost more than $800 million to develop. Then there’s the Abengoa Mojave Solar Project near Hinkley, which is sited adjacent to two existing solar facilities near Harper Dry Lake. On the wind front, the Granite Mountain Wind Energy Project is slated for an 80-acre site in the range between Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley.

High Desert Power Project

Traditional generators are ably represented by the High Desert Power plant, the first major power plant built in Southern California in more than a decade. The 830MW plant uses combined-cycle gas turbines, producing enough energy to power 800,000 homes.

Global Access Complex

Regardless of how it’s generated, much of that power finds its way to the Global Access facility. The former George Air Force Base is now a bustling, multiuse operation that contains the Southern California Logistics Airport, the Southern California Logistics Centre and the Southern California Rail Complex. The 8,500-acre site has lured Plastipak Packaging, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and continues to draw interest from regional, national and international shipping and distributing concerns.

Film Industry Finds Support, Locations in Victor Valley

One of the area’s most famous industries often finds its way up from Los Angeles to Victor Valley as well. The combination of local assistance, help from the California Film Commission, breathtaking scenery, and available power and production facilities has been luring filmmakers here for decades. Everything from The Harvey Girls in 1942, filmed at Iverson Ranch, to Breakdown (downtown Victorville), Terminator III: Rise of the Machines (Desert View Memorial Park, downtown Victorville) and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (New Reflections concert venue, downtown Victorville) has been shot here.

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