Mccarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy and Storage Group recently completed construction and final commissioning of the 200 megawatt (MWdirect current) Sun Streams 2 solar project in Maricopa County, Arizona.
The project is located on more than 1,000 acres in Arlington, Arizona, approximately 40 miles west of Phoenix. MccarthyThe Renewable Energy and Storage Group served as the Engineer, Procurement, Construction (EPC) for the project, which is now owned by Longroad Energy, a state-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator. -United. Longroad Energy acquired the project from First Solar in early 2021.
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Sun Streams 2 has more than 450,000 First Solar Series 6 modules, it also includes a substation expansion. MccarthyAutonomous Field Forces installed all modules, 5,805 NEXTracker trackers, 53 SMA MWPS-4000 inverter pads, all DC wiring and junction boxes, and all 34.5 kV AC underground collection wiring. . The project employed over 250 local workers for its construction, and recruiting was primarily carried out in Buckeye and Goodyear, Arizona. In an effort to help recruit new people into careers in clean energy, Mccarthy employs extensive hands-on training and mentoring to help novice craftspeople, and those with limited experience in solar construction, develop the skills necessary to launch their careers in the growing clean energy industry.
“Building solar power plants in sunny Arizona has always made sense, and the fact that we were able to recruit and train over 250 local community workers for careers in this growing industry makes this project even more so. impactful, ”said Scott Canada, senior vice president of Renewable Energy and Storage at Mccarthy. “Longroad was a great partner to have for the final construction and commissioning of this solar project, in part because we share a commitment to bringing solar power and its economic benefits to communities across the country. We look forward to future partnerships with them as they expand their footprint in Arizona and beyond.
“We are extremely pleased with the completion and commercial operation of Sun Streams 2. MccarthyThe performance of on this project has been exemplary. We look forward to working with them on many more projects in Arizona and the United States, ”said Michael Alvarez, COO of Longroad Energy.
Sun Streams 2 is one of four Maricopa County-based projects that Longroad acquired from First Solar in February 2021. The PV and storage portfolio totals approximately 900 MWdp with a potential of 1 to 2 GWh of storage per battery.
Sun Streams 3, 4 and 5 are development projects with target operating dates between 2023 and 2025. These projects are ideally positioned to accommodate a variety of picking structures, with or without storage. The projects are expected to generate more than $ 40 million for Arizona schools through a long-term lease with the Arizona State Land Department, and more than $ 5 million in tax revenue.
Sun Streams projects mark a growing presence in Arizona for Longroad. The company has other solar projects in operation in the state as well as an existing development portfolio. Longroad’s subsidiary, Longroad Energy Services, is the asset manager and operator, and provides long-term remote monitoring services to the project.
Since 2010, MccarthyThe Renewable Energy and Storage group has completed more than 50 utility-scale clean energy projects in communities across the country, providing a combined capacity of approximately 5 gigawatts (GW) of power generation. clean and more than 340 MW / 770 MWh of energy storage. Nationally, Mccarthy provides EPC services on large-scale solar projects for private solar developers and utilities, helping them deliver clean, cost-effective energy to the communities they serve.