Swinerton aims to reach 2 GW of solar in 2016


U.S. San Diego-based EPC Swinerton Renewable Energy, one of the biggest solar and wind EPCs in the country, claims to be facing a “very sunny” future. The company has recently achieved 1 GW of PV plants commissioned and placed in service. On top of that, EPC is planning to double this result by the end of the year.

Swinerton reached the 1 GW milestone with the commissioning and start-up of the Sandstone solar project in Florence, Arizona. The 45 MW PV plant, owned by renewable energy IPP sPower, was unveiled in February this year. Built in just five months, Sandstone Solar features more than 182,000 JinkoSolar PV modules and produces enough green power to supply more than 8,000 households.

Meanwhile, Swinerton’s System Operations team hit the 1 GW milestone under management at the end of 2015. To date, the EPC’s SOLV – System Operations Live View – team provides O&M services to more than 1.5 GW of PV plants, the company said in a press release. This is not just on Swinerton’s projects, but also on many projects built by other EPC firms.

Earlier this year, Swinerton announced partnership with the leading PV provider First Solar on shared O&M services for utility-scale solar power plants in the U.S. The partnership started with the 104 MW Utah Red Hills Renewable Park project commissioned in December last year, in which First Solar provides operations management services and Swinerton’s SOLV provides maintenance services.