Silicon Ranch selects Black & Veatch to build 125MW project in Georgia

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Silicon Ranch Corporation has a portfolio of more than 4GW of solar and BESS projects across the US. Image: Silicon Ranch.

Independent power producer (IPP) Silicon Ranch Corporation has selected engineering and consultancy firm Black & Veatch to build a 125MW solar project in Lee County, southwestern Georgia.

Once constructed, the DeSoto I Solar Farm will be “among the biggest solar installations” in the southeastern US, Black & Veatch has claimed.

Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, which developed and is funding the project, will own, operate and maintain it for the long-term.

The project will integrate Silicon Ranch’s Regenerative Energy land-management model, which co-locates solar energy production with regenerative agriculture practices.

Once construction is complete, Silicon Ranch will restore the land to a functioning grassland ecosystem while keeping the project in agricultural production through managed sheep grazing using regenerative land management practices.

“As renewable energy continues to progress in a world rapidly focusing on decarbonisation, this effort further demonstrates how carbon footprints can be minimised without disrupting the surrounding ecosystem,” said Paul Skurdahl, Black & Veatch senior vice president of renewable solutions.

“This project aligns with our proven record of innovative approaches to delivering clean, affordable energy.”

Silicon Ranch Corporation, which is part owned by oil and gas major Shell, is one of the largest IPPs in the US, with a portfolio that includes more than 4GW of solar and battery energy storage systems (BESS) that are contracted, under construction, or operating across the country.

In January, it raised US$775 million in new equity capital to help progress on its existing project pipeline, enter new markets and pursue acquisitions.

And, at the end of last year, it completed the construction of three utility-scale solar PV projects with a total capacity of 287MW that will be used to power Meta’s (formerly Facebook) operations in Georgia.

14 June 2022
Join us in Napa to unlock the key to reliable PV module supply to the U.S. market in 2022 & 2023. We'll also be gathering the main players in the US solar market for some wine tasting!

Read Next

May 18, 2022
US solar EPC company iSun doubled its Q1 revenue year-on-year but has lowered its 2022 guidance as a result of module procurement challenges within its utility-scale unit.
May 16, 2022
The world added record amounts of renewable energy last year with 295GW of capacity deployed, up 6% year-on-year, despite supply chain constraints, project delays and high commodity prices, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which also expects nearly 320GW to be deployed this year.  
May 13, 2022
Retail giant IKEA has partnered with US residential solar installer SunPower to offer home PV solutions in the US.
May 11, 2022
Canadian module manufacturer Heliene has seen unprecedented demand for its modules following the US Department of Commerce’s (DOC) decision to investigate alleged anti-dumping and circumvention (AD/CVD) by solar manufacturers in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia, which continues to spread chaos across the US solar sector.
May 11, 2022
solar tracker manufacturer FTC Solar has withdrawn its guidance for the year and warned of material uncertainties caused by the US AD/CVD investigation.
PV Tech Premium
May 11, 2022
PV Tech Premium speaks with BIPV company SunStyle about their expansion into the US market and how they believe the time is right for the technology in the US.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
June 14, 2022
Napa, USA
Solar Media Events
October 4, 2022
New York, USA