For Swinerton Renewable Energy 2016 is EP1C!Contributor: Swinerton Blogger | March 16, 2016
After 128 years in the business, it can be hard to innovate and grow. But in 2008, Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE)—a division of Swinerton Builders—started thanks to the insight shown by a handful of its own people during the second largest economic downturn of its long history. On their earliest photovoltaic projects, the team sought to familiarize itself with new technologies, new business models, and a dynamic range of competitors. SRE was challenged to align with this new market, but succeeded thanks to strong corporate backing and perseverance born over a century of building. In 2010, the group started building multiple projects on Kaiser hospitals across California. Six years later, SRE is now celebrating the monumental achievement of 1 gigawatt (GW) of photovoltaic generation commissioned and placed in service—enough energy to power over 164,000 homes per year!
SRE’s Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) team’s goal is to build better projects. Swinerton’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) group, SOLV®, often takes over O&M duties on these projects once the EPC scope is complete. As the EPC team reaches the 1 GW milestone this year, so did the SOLV team; SOLV actually hit the 1 GW milestone under management at the end of 2015. This is not just on SRE projects, but on many projects built by other EPC firms. SOLV is the go to group for dozens of owners around the United States, who trust SOLV’s professional and skilled management team’s tireless efforts to increase the output and uptime of these facilities.
This 1 GW milestone comes with the commissioning and start-up of the Sandstone solar project. A 58 MW project, Sandstone reached Substantial Completion in only six months, while achieving every goal and critical milestone date of the owner. Wherever the opportunity for success exists, SRE rises to the occasion time and time again to help their clients exceed their goals.
But there’s something even more significant than SRE’s recent 1 GW achievement. By the end of 2016, they will place a second gigawatt in service! Six years to reach 1 GW, 12 months to match it. Already looking ahead to 2017, momentum is solidly behind them. Equipped with the technical knowledge and skilled craftsmanship developed over years of photovoltaic construction, the future looks very sunny for SRE.
To see the full press release please visit: http://ow.ly/Zz6ka