Swinerton taps Array Technologies for Utah's largest solar park


California-based EPC firm Swinerton Renewable Energy is teaming with tracking solutions specialist Array Technologies to build a 104 MW solar park in Utah for Norwegian developer Scatec Solar.

The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park, set to become the largest solar plant to date, will use 104 MW of Array’s DuraTrack HZ single-axis tracking systems for the 630-acre installation. Scatec Solar, the project’s developer and a long-term owner, hired Swinerton to construct the plant and procure the appropriate technologies.

Generated energy will be fed into the grid under a 20-year power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power according to the utility’s obligation under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

Partnering on the project with Internet giant Google, Scatec signed financing agreements totalling $157 million for construction of the Red Hills plant, the company’s largest developed and constructed project in North America.

Total investment for the plant is estimated at $188 million — with Google providing tax equity, Prudential Capital Group providing debt financing and Scatec Solar providing sponsor equity. The power plant will be wholly-owned by a partnership jointly owned by Google and Scatec Solar, which structured and executed the financing for the project. Scatec Solar will manage and operate the plant when it goes into operation.

The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park is expected to generate around 210 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, the park will power approximately 18,500 homes and prevent nearly 145,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

“The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park will provide the residents of Utah access to the superb solar power potential available in their state,” said Luigi Resta, managing director of Scatec Solar North America. “After several years of developing this project, Scatec Solar is proud to bring on experienced partners like Array Technologies and Swinerton Renewable Energy to help us build the first utility-scale PV project in Utah.”