Duke awards 40 MW of solar EPC contracts to Swinerton

Duke Energy Renewables has awarded turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services to Swinerton Renewable Energy for its Pumpjack and Wildwood solar power projects, located near Bakersfield, Calif.

Together, the projects total 40 MW (AC). Duke has 20-year power purchase agreements in place to sell the power from both sites to Southern California Edison (SCE). Design and procurement are already underway, and both projects are expected to achieve commercial operation by year-end.

“Swinerton is thrilled to be working with the team at Duke Energy Renewables,” said Swinerton Renewable Energy Vice President and Division Manager George Hershman in a March 24 statement.

“Pumpjack and Wildwood will more than double our solar power capacity in California,” said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. “We’re pleased to be working with Swinerton to provide an increasing supply of affordable, clean energy to the nation’s number one solar market.”

Once the projects are complete, Duke Energy Renewables will own and operate more than 65 MW of solar power in California, bringing the company’s total U.S.-installed solar capacity to 185 MW at 23 utility-scale facilities across the country.

Pumpjack and Wildwood will each comprise a standalone 20-MW (AC) photovoltaic facility and a new 115-kV substation for interconnection to the grid. The projects’ technology package features 171,000 x BYD 305 W polycrystalline modules, 40 x 1 MW NX Advanced Energy inverters, and Array Technologies Inc. single-axis trackers.

Duke Energy Renewables had announced March 6 the acquisition of two 20-MW (AC) California solar projects from developer Infigen EnergyThe construction-ready Pumpjack and Wildwood projects represent Duke Energy Renewables’ third and fourth utility-scale solar projects in the state.

Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy‘s (NYSE: DUK) commercial businesses, is a leader in developing innovative wind and solar energy generation facilities for customers throughout the United States. The company’s growing portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes 15 wind and 21 solar power projects in operation in 12 states, totaling almost 1,800 MW.

With over 3 GW of power generation and 630 MW of solar power expertise, Swinerton Renewable Energy offers turnkey solar power solutions for utility-scale and distributed-generation projects, including EPC and O&M services, warranty wraps, performance guarantees, and its industry-leading monitoring and SCADA platform, SOLV.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.