SOLV, a Swinerton company, has completed its new Operations and Control Center (OCC) in San Diego. Construction on the 7,000-square-foot facility began in December 2016, and the facility will now serve as the home office for the SOLV team.
SOLV says it provides full-service operations and maintenance (O&M) and real-time performance monitoring for over 3.65 GW of solar facilities in North America, including plants built by Swinerton Renewable Energy and third-party engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies. The new OCC will allow SOLV to continue to expand its portfolio to include other renewable energy resources including wind, geothermal, and battery storage, which require 24/7 monitoring capabilities.
The SOLV OCC was designed for medium-impact facility compliance under the regulatory protocols created by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC). Located adjacent to Swinerton’s San Diego office, the renovated office space features three levels of secure access, a separate IT server adhering to Generator Operator (GOP) protocol, backup power, and various additional procedures and processes that meet NERC obligations to mitigate risks associated with increased generation consolidation, according to SOLV.
In addition to increased security, the expansion project allows for significant portfolio growth for SOLV. Inside the OCC, the SOLV team will operate and monitor renewable projects across the U.S. viewable on 24 connected screens totaling 32 feet wide by 6.5 feet tall. Approximately 25 to 30 people will work in the office.
“SOLV’s 24/7 OCC will support the timely communication of alerts and follow-up between the on-site technician, client, utilities or ISOs and other reliability entities to monitor and optimize a site’s availability to produce power and maximize revenues,” says Reegan Moen, business development manager for SOLV. “We are proud to offer added value of around-the-clock service to both current and future clients.”