Silicon Ranch picks McCarthy to build 12-MW solar project in Arkansas

Silicon Ranch Corp. and McCarthy Building Companies Inc. announced June 2 the selection of McCarthy to engineer and construct Silicon Ranch’s Highland Industrial Park 12-MW (ac) solar project, which will provide power to Aerojet Rocketdyne and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) in East Camden, Arkansas.

Silicon Ranch, owner and operator of the solar project, selected McCarthy, one of the largest American-owned construction firms, for its extensive track record with utility-scale power projects. McCarthy will expand its renewable operations into Southern Arkansas with plans to secure local subcontractors and craftsmen to provide the bulk of on-site construction work for the six-month project, beginning June 8.

“In addition to the economic impacts during the construction phase, the solar field helps environmentally contribute to the business case that we believe will favorably position Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Camden operations against other highly competitive alternatives,” said Gary Vaughan, general manager, Aerojet Rocketdyne Camden.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Camden facility is a 1,200-acre manufacturing and test facility that serves the U.S. Department of Defense. Electricity from the solar facility will directly supplement Aerojet Rocketdyne’s daytime operations. Excess electricity generated by the installation will be released to AECC and integrated into the cooperative’s diverse generation portfolio.

“This project is on the leading edge of a trend by U.S. industrial companies to commit to clean, renewable energy,” said Matt Kisber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Ranch. “Aerojet Rocketdyne understands that solar is a responsible choice from both environmental and economic considerations. Silicon Ranch is proud to help them achieve that objective, and as a long-term owner we are excited about the benefits this project will bring to the region.”

“McCarthy is honored to partner with Silicon Ranch for this solar power project,” said Scott Canada, Director of Renewable Energy at McCarthy. “We understand the challenges facing solar facility owners contracting for new solar assets and look forward to providing our expertise in utility solar for successfully building this great project, which will be the largest PV solar installation in Arkansas.”

Silicon Ranch, one of the top 15 solar operators in the U.S., is a turnkey, renewable energy provider that customizes solar solutions based upon the individual needs of its customers.

McCarthy, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014, is the nation’s ninth largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2014).

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