300-MW PV array helps nation’s 1st solar-powered metal mill

McCarthy Constructing Cos. lately accomplished development and commissioning of the 300-MW Bighorn Photo voltaic undertaking in Pueblo, Colorado. It’s the first of two large-scale photo voltaic initiatives the corporate’s Renewable Power & Storage Group is constructing within the space along with Lightsource bp, the undertaking proprietor.

Situated on 1,800 acres of land on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Metal property, Bighorn is the most important on-site photo voltaic facility devoted to a single buyer within the nation and helps the nation’s first solar-powered metal mill.

Making Biodiversity a Precedence

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With this undertaking, Lightsource bp has emphasised enhancing biodiversity at Bighorn.

Earlier than development started, McCarthy and Lightsource bp designed a site-specific seed combine, suited to the native local weather, ecosystem and soil. The combination accommodates staple quick grasses like western wheatgrass, buffalo grass and little bluestem, in addition to a low focus of purple prairie clover to supply nectar for pollinating bugs to assist proactively preserve the necessary habitat of the positioning over the lifetime of the undertaking.

“The Bighorn Photo voltaic undertaking was wonderful from begin to end,” mentioned Justin Peterson, VP of operations for McCarthy’s Colorado workplace. “Not solely have been we in a position to assist ship dependable clear power in help of Colorado’s push to renewables however we additionally introduced in a whole lot of latest jobs — career-starters, actually — to the world. Layer all of that with the dedication to reduce the disturbance to the world’s necessary grassland ecosystem and what outcomes is a win-win-win for the neighborhood as an entire.”

McCarthy and Lightsource bp will proceed their collaboration as they construct utility-scale photo voltaic on the Solar Mountain Photo voltaic undertaking at the moment underway in Pueblo. Located on greater than 1,700 acres of land, Solar Mountain is about to be among the many largest photo voltaic initiatives up to now in Colorado, the businesses said in a press launch.

“We’re dedicated to being a long-term accomplice and persevering with to advance Colorado’s clear power financial system,” mentioned Stephen Barnes, senior vp, undertaking administration and development for Lightsource bp. “The Bighorn Photo voltaic undertaking together with Solar Mountain brings Lightsource bp’s present funding to over a half billion {dollars} in constructing infrastructure to diversify the Colorado electrical energy provide with clear and safe power. With our massive pipeline of photo voltaic initiatives within the area, and throughout America, that is just the start.”

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