In May, Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) started work on the Prospero Solar project in Andrews County, TX. Set across 4,600 acres of farmland, the 379 MW DC project is one of the largest jobs SRE has done to date. Working for Longroad Development Company, SRE is providing full engineering, procurement, and construction services. Shell Energy North America will receive the power through a 12-year PPA. Work expects to wrap-up in June 2020.
Utilizing a NEXTracker single-axis tracker, the project also features over three million First Solar Series 4 modules. The team is employing new state-of-the-art technology, including the brand-new TMEiC Ninja inverters. They are also deploying the below-grade combiner harness technology from Construction Innovations. SRE is hiring a significant number of local workers, creating several hundred construction jobs as well as jobs for the operating facility. Over the life of the project, it will also provide roughly $12 million in taxes for the Andrews Independent School District.