Scatec Awards Swinerton Construction Contract for 104-MW Solar Plant

Swinerton Renewable Energy has landed a contract from Scatec Solar to construct a 104-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in Iron County, Utah.

Under the agreement, Swinerton will  provide turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction and operations and maintenance services for the project, which is due to start operating by the end of 2015.

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 US$188 million project — Google is providing tax equity, Prudential Capital Group providing debt financing, and Scatec Solar providing sponsor equity.

The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park, set to be built on a site with excellent solar irradiation, will generate around 210 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which will be fed into the grid under a twenty-year power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power, according to 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, will deploy approximately 325,000 PV modules on a single-axis tracking system and will interconnect to an existing transmission line.

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