Swinerton, Scatec kick off construction on largest Utah solar project

Swinerton Renewable Energy and Scatec Solar have started construction on a 104-MW (dc) photovoltaic solar plant in Iron County, Utah.

Scatec Solar, the project’s developer and long-term owner, has awarded Swinerton a contract to provide turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the project. When operational by the end of 2015, the plant will be Utah’s largest solar energy generation facility, Swinerton noted in a Feb. 6 statement.

“Swinerton is excited to continue our successful partnership with Scatec Solar – an innovative leader in renewable energy – and to bring jobs and years of clean power to the Parowan residents. We are pleased to announce the start of construction for the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park – a great project for the city of Parowan,” said George Hershman, Vice President and Division Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy.

Scatec Solar, which developed the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park from inception, will support project procurement and construction management and will manage and operate the plant after completion. The company recently announced the close of financing for the $188m project. Google is providing tax equity, Prudential Capital Group is providing debt financing, and Scatec Solar has come in with sponsor equity.

In addition to Scatec Solar’s Operations and Management (O&M) team, Swinerton will provide real-time data monitoring, plant control, and asset performance optimization through the combined efforts of their Solar Operations Live View (SOLV) platform and ongoing O&M services.

“The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park will provide the residents of Utah access to the superb solar power potential available in their state,” said Luigi Resta, Managing Director of Scatec Solar North America. “After several years of developing this project, Scatec Solar is proud to partner with Swinerton Renewable Energy to build the first utility-scale PV project in Utah.”

The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park, set to be built on a site with excellent solar irradiation, will generate around 210 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which will be fed into the grid under a twenty-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power under the utility’s obligation under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

The ground-mounted photovoltaic solar facility is being developed on approximately 650 acres of privately-owned land in Parowan, Utah. It will include about 325,000 PV modules on a single-axis tracking system and will interconnect to an existing transmission line.

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.

Scatec Solar develops, builds, owns and operates solar power plants, and will in 2014 deliver power from 220 MW in the Czech Republic, South Africa and Rwanda. The company is in strong growth and has a solid pipeline of projects under development in Africa, the U.S., Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Scatec Solar is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ‘SSO.’

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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.