McCarthy Starts Construction On Alabama Solar Farm, Hiring 120 Workers


McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. has begun construction on the 20 MW Cumberland Solar Project in Elmont, Ala.

Independent solar producer Silicon Ranch – the developer, owner and operator of the project – selected McCarthy’s Phoenix-based renewable energy team as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The Cumberland Solar Project is scheduled to be completed in December.

Located on 130 acres approximately 20 miles northwest of Huntsville, the project will provide power for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which operates in Limestone County, Ala. TVA entered into a long-term agreement with Silicon Ranch to buy competitively priced power from the solar facility. Once completed, the project is expected to generate enough power for 3,000 homes.

McCarthy will hire upwards of 120 workers to construct the project, the majority of whom are being recruited from the local community. To train entry-level laborers or those new to the growing solar industry, McCarthy is implementing principles of Training Within Industry (TWI), a program originally developed by United States Department of War in the 1940s to help quickly and reliably re-train workers on moderately complex tasks. Through its TWI solar program, McCarthy applies its “Learn. Perform. Repeat” methodology and offers training to workers who have little or no experience in solar installations.

Area residents interested in working on the Cumberland Solar Project should visit and enter “solar” to find job postings, the company says.

“Coast to coast, utility-scale solar installation projects are locking in reliability, favorable rates and social responsibility for energy-focused businesses, municipalities and utilities alike by leveraging the power of the sun,” says Scott Canada, senior vice president of the renewable energy team at McCarthy. “We are grateful to team up with sustainable-minded solar owners like Silicon Ranch that understand the value of this infrastructure to local communities, which will provide clean energy for decades to come.”

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