Chicago-based S&C Electric Co. has announced an $11 million project with independent power producer Green States Energy (GSE) to design and build a 3.6 MW solar photovoltaic farm in Devens, Mass. S&C notes this project will be the third plant the company has built for GSE and will leverage a standardized electrical system design to connect the project to the grid.
S&C says the interconnection substation includes an integrated switching and control solution based on the company's System VI Switchgear. The complete solution eliminates the need for a separate control house in the substation and associated civil works, the company adds.
‘The standardized solution we're providing not only reduces up-front costs; it also helps shorten the timeframe required to engineer and build a renewable energy plant," says Dan Girard, S&C's director of business development for renewable energy and energy storage." By getting the plant into service sooner, the owners will realize higher near-term revenues and accelerate returns on investment."
S&C recently completed two other projects for GSE, including a 2.5 MW solar farm in Roswell, N.M., and a 4.1 MW solar farm in Sandwich, Mass. For this new project, S&C is providing engineering, procurement and project management services for both the AC and DC portions of the project. S&C and GSE are again teaming up with Green Earth Developers, which worked on the Roswell and Sandwich solar farm projects.