JinkoSolar to supply 23 MW of modules to Swinerton project in California


U.S. engineering and construction company Swinerton Builders and clean energy finance and management firm Clenera have tapped Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar to supply 23 MW of modules for their planned solar farm in Fresno County, California.

Swinerton will employ JinkoSolar’s 300W 72 cells high-efficiency PV modules in the construction of the Westlands Solar Farms ground-mounted solar plant, which will provide electricity to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). JinkoSolar will complete the module deliveries by the fourth quarter of the year.

The Swinerton group expanded its Swinerton Renewable Energy division earlier this year to include comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) services for any North American solar facility. Historically, Swinerton had only offered service contracts on PV sites it constructed, but decided to expand its services to the broader market following repeated client requests, the company said.

Swinerton’s O&M porftfolio includes service contracts on more than 600 MW, including a 10-year O&M deal for the planned 350 MW Moapa Solar Plant in the U.S. state of Nevada, which Swinerton will also build.

The Moapa project is expected to begin construction in the coming weeks on the Moapa River Indian Reservation land northeast of Las Vegas. The Moapa Band of Paiutes has signed a contract to sell the power to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

The project is expected to generate hundreds of construction jobs in the region and will provide the tribe long-term, sustainable economic development.

Swinerton also recently completed a 20 MW single axis tracker project in PG&E territory in California’s Central Valley.