McCarthy to build two solar farms for Lightsource bp in Texas


Lightsource bp  has chosen McCarthy as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for two utility-scale solar farms in Texas, the US.

McCarthy will be responsible for the design, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the facilities.

The two facilities to be constructed are the 163MW Elm Branch Solar Farm located around 40 miles south of Dallas in Ennis, and the 153MW Briar Creek Solar Farm located 60 miles south of Dallas in Corsicana.

Construction works of the two projects commenced recently and is scheduled to finish in September with commercial operations of both solar farms expected to start by late 2021.

The power produced by these facilities is expected to offset greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 370,000 metric tonnes of CO2 annually.

McCarthy’s Renewable Energy & Storage team intends to appoint around 500 workers to build the two projects.

McCarthy’s Renewable Energy & Storage executive vice president Scott Canada said: “We are grateful to be part of bringing clean energy and jobs to these Texas communities.

“With utility-scale solar construction jobs on the rise in Texas and around the country, we are continually working to help local skilled craft workers, veterans and those displaced from jobs in other sectors to join our solar project teams and receive the training needed to develop rewarding careers in the growing renewable energy sector.”

Lightsource bp is developing, financing, owning and operating the Elm Branch and Briar Creek solar facilities.

These two projects are being built with a total investment of $380m.

Since 2010, McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage group has finished over 50 utility-scale clean energy projects.


Image: McCarthy will be responsible for the design, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the facilities. Credit: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.


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