Clenera LLC and Swinerton Renewable Energy have cut the ribbon on the Grand View PV Solar Two facility, located in Elmore County, Idaho.
Construction on the 108 MW solar project, consisting of 81 MW and 27 MW systems built on a total of 673 acres, was completed in September. Grand View will be among the first utility-scale projects to be brought online in the state’s history when it begins commercial operation in late November.
Swinerton Renewable Energy provided engineering, procurement, and construction services at Grand View and worked closely with colleagues at Blymyer Engineers to develop the design. The project features BYD modules, Power Electronics inverters and NEXTracker single-axis trackers. Swinerton says Construction Innovations manufactured all balance-of-system components for the project, and approximately 300 craft employees were hired locally during construction.
“Through our continuing partnership with Clenera, we are pleased to help set the precedent for utility-scale projects in Idaho’s emerging solar market. Grand View models the impactful role solar can play in local economies, surrounding communities, and our environment,” says George Hershman, senior vice president and feneral manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy.
Swinerton notes Grand View represents the fifth project totaling 100 MW or larger the company has built and is the eighth utility-scale project Swinerton has built for Clenera. On Nov. 9, the two companies also completed construction on a 100 kW solar energy system at the Idaho Youth Ranch in Treasure Valley. That project joined teams from Swinerton, Clenera and NEXTracker with the community’s youth to provide education on the growing importance of renewable energy. Once online, the installation will generate clean, free energy to power the camp for years to come.