Clenera, Swinerton wrap up 108-MW Grand View solar project in Idaho

Clenera LLC and Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Grand View PV Solar Two on Oct. 20, Swinerton said in a Nov. 10 announcement.

Construction on the 108 MW (dc) solar facility in Elmore County, Idaho, was completed on Sept. 9. Grand View is the fifth project totaling 100 MW or larger built by Swinerton and is the eighth utility-scale project Swinerton has built for Clenera. Consisting of 81 MW (dc) and 27 MW (dc) systems built on 673 total acres, Grand View is Idaho’s largest solar project and will be among the first utility-scale projects to be brought on-line in the state’s history when it begins commercial operation in late November.

Swinerton provided Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services at Grand View. SRE worked closely with Blymyer Engineers to develop the design, which features BYD modules, Power Electronics inverters, and NEXTracker single-axis trackers. Construction Innovations manufactured all balance of system (BOS) components for the 108-MW project.

“Through our continuing partnership with Clenera, we are pleased to help set the precedent for utility-scale projects in Idaho’s emerging solar market. Grand View models the impactful role solar can play in local economies, surrounding communities, and our environment,” said George Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy.

On Nov. 9, Clenera and Swinerton also completed construction on a 100-kW solar energy system at the Idaho Youth Ranch in Treasure Valley. This project joined teams from Clenera, SRE, and NEXTracker with the community’s youth to provide education on the growing importance of renewable energy.

Swinerton Renewable Energy offers engineering, procurement, construction, and SOLV services for solar photovoltaic plants throughout North America to a diverse range of clients. SRE has delivered over 1 GW of solar projects.

Clenera is an end-to-end utility-scale solar development and asset management service provider. In two and a half years of operation,since July 2013, Clenera has successfully developed and acquired over 650 MW (dc) of investment-grade solar projects. By the end of 2016, the company is on-target to have constructed over 520 MW (dc) of utility-scale solar.

Grand View PV Solar Two LLC applied Aug. 31 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its Market-Based Rate Tariff. Grand View was formed to act as the project company with respect to the operation of a photovoltaic facility located approximately 20 miles southwest of Mountain Home, Idaho. Grand View owns this 80 MW (ac) ground-mounted facility, which was under that application scheduled to synchronize with the grid and produce test power on Oct. 5, 2016, and to begin commercial operation on Nov. 9, 2016.

Grand View is interconnected to the transmission facilities of, and will sell its full output at wholesale under a long-term power purchase agreement to, Idaho Power.

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