Lightsource bp Partners up for 300 MW Solar Project in Colorado

Aug 13, 2020 01:40 PM ET
  • McCarthy Building Companies has been called by Lightsource bp as the EPC Contractor for the 300 MW Bighorn Solar project in Colorado

McCarthy Building Companies' Renewable Energy & Storage group has been called by Lightsource bp as the Engineer, Procure, as well as Construction (EPC) Contractor for the 300 MW Bighorn solar project in Colorado, which will consist of the setup of almost 750,000 Canadian Solar crystalline photovoltaic panels and also NEXTracker single-axis trackers.

The project is primarily situated on 1,800 acres of land on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar center dedicated to a single consumer in the country. Xcel Energy, as the electrical service provider for the steel mill, will purchase the power wholesale from Lightsource bp to sell to EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel, giving affordable as well as predictable electrical power rates that are helping make certain that the steel mill that utilizes 1,000 local employees is able to remain in Pueblo as well as broaden their operations.

In September 2019, Xcel Energy and also Lightsource bp announced that they had signed a long-lasting power contract for a brand-new solar energy center in Pueblo, Colorado. One of the largest solar framework projects in the state, the 300 megawatt Bighorn Solar project is being established as well as financed by Lightsource bp, that will certainly be the long-term owner as well as driver.

We selected the McCarthy group as our EPC professional both for their track record in efficiently building large utility-scale projects below in Colorado as well as their commitment to employing a neighborhood workforce. This project is an excellent instance of just how innovative collaborations can maximize the economic advantages that clean up power projects offer regional communities. At Lightsource bp, we're thrilled to companion with companies that will certainly help us be a leader in a transition to low carbon power that consists of everyone," stated Kevin Smith, CEO of the Americas for Lightsource bp.

Guv Jared Polis claimed that Colorado and the Pueblo community remain to progress a strong nationwide model concerning just how to capitalize and also harness the power of the tidy power economic situation. "This project is the latest instance of the sweeping benefits of purchasing renewable resource, including reducing air pollution, as well as increasing neighborhood job development."

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