Seven Sisters Projects Come to Stellar CompletionContributor: Swinerton Blogger | November 13, 2015
This summer Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) completed construction on the Seven Sisters portfolio of projects in Southwestern Utah. Totaling 20.2 MW, Seven Sisters consists of six 3 MW projects and one 2.2 MW project. SRE worked with repeat client SunEdison shortly after work began.
Construction is complete on all seven of the projects—four have been commissioned, while the remaining three expect to be by the end of September. The distributed generation solar projects will interconnect to the PacifiCorp grid at 12.47 kV, with a lone 34.5 kV interconnect at one of the sites. The projects will feed into the grid and produce enough energy to power more than 4,000 Utah homes.
Rather than start and finish each project one at a time, all similar activities were completed consecutively by the same crews. For example, the underground crew followed the grading crew around from site to site. As each phase of work continued—underground, piles, racking, panels, and inverters—the team followed the same sequence of work throughout each site.
At the height of construction, roughly 135 team members were working on the seven projects. By almost exclusively using local workers and businesses, the project directly benefited the local economy. Between all of the subcontractors and laborers, the project team managed to achieve more than 90% local hires. The project also provided financial assistance to the landowners as the unused scrub land was simply sitting bare and idle covered with tumbleweeds A benefit to all involved, SRE is looking forward to taking on additional projects in the state of Utah.
Many thanks to everyone responsible for making the projects a success: Project Manager Brian Irlbeck, Assistant Project Manager Justin Klystad, Superintendent Ron Belk, Assistant Superintendent Rick Williams, O&M Assistant Superintendent Jesse Moses, Senior Project Engineer Kelvin Gomez, Senior Project Field Administrator Jane Koontz, and Project Assistant Janice Swann.