Solar FlexRack supplies trackers for 30 MW of Swinerton community solar projects
Solar FlexRack, a manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) mounting and solar tracker solutions, has provided its solar trackers and mounting technology to Swinerton Renewable Energy for 80 MW of distributed generation from solar energy projects.
Swinerton’s final 30 MW of projects, located in Connecticut, California and Illinois, will use Solar FlexRack’s TDP 1.0 and TDP 2.0 Solar Trackers in 11 community solar projects, building on the previous 50 MW of completed solar projects between the two companies. Swinerton Renewable Energy will provide design, procurement and construction management of the portfolio and SOLV, a wholly owned subsidiary of SRE, will provide O&M services for the latest range of projects.
“Our SOLV Construction Management Services team is committed to building solar projects that provide maximum value for our customers, partners and local communities, and our suppliers are critical to achieving this goal,” said George Hershman, president of Swinerton Renewable Energy and SOLV. “The Solar FlexRack team helps projects mitigate risk through their reliable solar trackers, mounting systems and robust support services. We look forward to working closely with Solar FlexRack on this new series of projects.”
In 2019, community solar projects in the United States exceeded 2 GW for the first time and according to Wood Mackenzie, new community solar installations will reach 1 GW per year by 2021. In addition to the clean energy benefits for local communities, this series of community solar projects for distributed generation will contribute to the California Renewables Portfolio Standard of 60% by 2030, Connecticut’s RPS of 40% by 2030 and Illinois’ RPS of 25% by 2025.
Solar FlexRack’s single-axis tracker systems were selected for these projects due to their land use optimization and smaller overall footprint.
“We look forward to continuing to work with SOLV Construction Management Services to bring clean energy access and cost savings to local utilities and their customers through these complementary community solar projects,” said Steve Daniel, executive VP of Solar FlexRack . “We greatly appreciate having long-term partners who share our commitment to completing high-quality projects with maximum efficiency.”
Construction of these additional 30 MW of solar projects is underway and these projects are expected to be completed in 2022. Once completed, the total 80 MW of joint solar projects between the two companies will produce enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes per year. SRE and Solar FlexRack also expect an additional 20 MW of joint solar projects to be delivered over the next year, ultimately bringing the size of the companies’ completed joint projects to 100 MW.
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