McCarthy Starts Construction on Leeward Rabbitbrush Solar Project


Leeward Renewable Energy has selected McCarthy Building Companies Inc. to serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for its Rabbitbrush Solar project – a 100 MW facility that also includes a 20 MW, 50 MWh battery energy storage system.

The project will consist of more than 415,000 First Solar thin-film photovoltaic modules.

With the support of its partners at McCalmont Engineering, EVS Inc., Dashiell Corp., AC Electric, California Compaction Corp., Powin, Terabase Energy, and vendors at Sungrow, First Solar, NexTracker and General Electric, McCarthy began work at the site in October of this year. The project’s completion is slated for July 2022.

“McCarthy is proud to be assisting Leeward Renewable Energy’s solar market expansion in Southern California and diversifying the state’s critical energy infrastructure, while providing hundreds of jobs within Kern County,” says David Smith, McCarthy Renewable Energy & Storage’s project director. “Driven by recent legislation, California is at the forefront of developing a clean energy future, and McCarthy is honored to help the state lead the effort here and across America.”

“Leeward is pleased to partner with McCarthy, which shares Leeward’s commitment to safety and quality construction, in the development of the Rabbitbrush solar project,” states Mark Hensley, senior vice president of project execution and procurement at Leeward. “We look forward to working closely with them to bring economic benefits to Kern County through our joint commitment to creating local job opportunities, as well as economic investment in the local economy.”

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