Blymer gets contract for engineering on Springbok solar project

Blymyer Engineers announced Oct. 6 that it has been chosen by Swinerton Builders as the engineering firm of record on the Springbok 2 Solar Farm in California.

The full three-phase project involves developing a 350 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility covering approximately 2,000 acres of formerly underdeveloped grazing and agricultural lands over multiple project sites in an unincorporated portion of eastern Kern County.

Blymyer said it has already provided engineering for the 105-MW Springbok 1 project. The Springbok 2 solar farm is a 150 MW (ac) photovoltaic system utilizing ATI single axis trackers, SMA Sunnycentral 2200 inverters, and Trina TSM 315 watt PD 14 modules. Power will be transmitted to the grid via one or more generation tie lines connecting to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power‘s (LADWP) Beacon Substation.

Blymyer’s scope of work includes preparing the PV system report, site plans and general arrangement drawings for the system, and complete electrical design including the electrical site plan, single line diagrams, trench layout, detailed design, grounding design, electrical equipment, wire and conduit sizing, plus the interface for the data acquisition system. Additionally, Blymyer Engineers is working on structural designs including inverter foundations and single axis tracker foundations.

Blymyer Engineers is an engineering company actively designing solar and renewable energy projects for clients throughout the United States and internationally. The company maintains experts in mechanical, electrical, structural and civil engineering in house, and is licensed in 37 states. Blymyer Engineers said it has the largest engineering portfolio of solar projects completed in North America, with over 2.5 GW of completed projects.

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