Swinerton Renewable Energy: July 11, 2012
Swinerton Renewable Energy to Construct and Manage Operations for over 120MW Solar Utility Generation in 2012
Swinerton Renewable Energy, a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) builder in the solar utility industry, announced today that it has been selected to design and build over 120MW generation capacity at multiple solar utility plants in 2012. The plants, ranging from 5MW to 30MW, will be constructed both domestically and internationally.
In addition to designing and building the solar utility plants, Swinerton Renewable Energy has launched a new division focused on operating and maintaining solar utility plants. George Hershman, VP for Swinerton Renewable Energy, says, “We have proven success in designing and building solar utility plants and, based on customer demand, we now offer comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) for solar plants after they are built. Our key customers requested that we provide O&M services based on our industry knowledge and expertise.”
Swinerton Renewable Energy recruited Joe Brotherton, an industry leader in Solar Utility Operations and Maintenance Services, to lead the new O&M Division as Technical Services Manager. Based on Brotherton’s experience and background, he quickly implemented an aggressive strategy. Brotherton says, “Automating solar plant service processes is the key to driving down the cost to serve. Inverters are the brains of a utility site and are capable of sophisticated diagnostics. We needed to leverage remote diagnostics to minimize truck rolls. The custom site technology that we needed did not exist at the integrated site and device level we needed, so we built it.”
As part of the O&M Division launch and strategy, Swinerton Renewable Energy invested significant funds in creating a leading-edge monitoring platform to efficiently and effectively manage the operations of solar plants. This will be achieved by leveraging advanced technology to monitor performance, measure production, escalate issues, report financials, and identify proactive service needs; these will all be custom-designed to the design and devices of a particular site. Launched as a new product offered by Swinerton, this complete solar monitoring solution has already proven great success. Contracted to manage over 150MW of utility-scale solar generation by the end of 2012, it will be one of the largest, independent monitoring platforms in the nation.
“We wanted the best monitoring solution in the industry, so we recruited top talent from the high-tech industry. Elaine Wood, former Director of Internet Solutions for Sun Microsystems, joined Swinerton in February to lead the monitoring platform development,” said Brotherton. “She was a perfect fit and hit the ground running due to her software engineering background and significant renewable energy industry experience, with prior strategic project management positions at the National Renewable Energy Lab and Advanced Energy.”
Delivering Solar Success
Swinerton Renewable Energy has traditionally offered turn-key solar power solutions for utility scale, and has distributed generation projects with over three gigawatts of power generation and solar expertise. With their new division, Swinerton Renewable Energy expanded into full solar utility plant life-cycle management, from design and build through operations and maintenance. This full-service plan will give customers unique value and a competitive advantage with a comprehensive solution to manage their solar utility plant portfolio.