McCarthy completes 128-MW solar project in Utah

McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy and Storage Group recently celebrated the completion of construction and final commissioning of the 128-MWdc Milford Solar I Project in Beaver County, Utah.

The project is situated on 750 acres just north of Milford, Utah. McCarthy served as EPC contractor for the project, which is owned by US Solar Fund (USF).

Milford Solar I has more than 293,000 First Solar Series 6 modules and a new substation and transmission line. McCarthy’s self-perform field forces installed all modules, 3,765 NEXTracker trackers, 27 TMEIC 4.2-MW inverter skids, all DC wiring and combiner boxes and all underground 34.5 mV AC collection wiring. The project required more than 100 local workers to construct. In an effort to help recruit new people into careers in clean energy, McCarthy utilizes a program called Training Within Industries to train workers who are new to solar construction.

Whitney Voute, Head of Investor Relations for USF, said, “We are pleased with McCarthy’s high-quality construction of Milford Solar I. The excellent work of partners like McCarthy helps us to ensure USF is in the best position to deliver long-term sustainable returns for our investors.”

USF will sell 100% of the power and renewable energy credits generated at a fixed price for 25 years to PacifiCorp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. PacifiCorp has contracted to sell all the renewable attributes associated with the project to a retail customer. PacifiCorp is a U.S. electric power company that primarily operates regulated utilities with a service territory across Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

“The level of innovation our team produced on this project is best in class,” said Scott Canada, senior vice president of the Renewable Energy and Storage group at McCarthy. “We’re proud to be an industry leader, bringing clean energy to communities from coast-to-coast as more leaders understand the positive economic impact that renewable energy projects are having on their communities.”

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