Just in time for New Year’s, Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) completed the Sweetwater project located outside Green River, Wyoming. The 80 MW project is located on 640 acres of rural farmland owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Set on a very accelerated schedule, they experienced a 6-week delay in starting. Nonetheless, they completed on time before the required year-end deadline.
For SRE and SOLV, this was a landmark project. Not only was it their first to install a fully integrated Sungrow inverter, but Sungrow commissioned the site in a mere two days—setting a North American best for Sungrow. It was also SRE’s first project to install the newest version of the NEXTracker Network Control Units. It took NEXTracker 4 days to commission the whole project, which is a new company best for SRE.
SOLV technicians played a huge part of the project’s success. For SOLV’s new HV Group, it was their first project to double bundle the conductors for the T Line. The project had Swinerton members from four different teams, who all came together as a single team to hit every milestone and finish on time.
The team battled difficult ground conditions upon arrival, and had to drill holes in 95% of the site. They also dealt with brutal Wyoming weather, with consistent temperatures below zero or in the single digits. To meet the accelerated schedule, they marshalled their manpower to its fullest and brought as much equipment onsite as possible. Not only that, but they worked 7 days a week throughout the project.
The team also provided a significant amount of preconstruction services, with heavy coordination with BLM and the Wyoming Department of Transportation for permitting and approvals. They performed numerous studies, including: environmental, traffic, drainage, disturbance estimating, easement crossings, and civil.