When you need end-to-end management for your utility scale project from concept to construction to production, you can rely on Blue Oak Energy.
Below we show some of the most interesting utility-scale solar facilities that represent our engineering and construction capabilities.
The Coronal Tulare solar farm began commercial operation in September 2016. The project delivers power through a 20-year power purchase agreement to the utility company. It is expected to generate 87,500 MWh annually, enough electricity to power more than 9,000 homes. This contiguous Coronal Tulare project includes two interconnections; the 26 MW Nicolis site was built on 144 acres and the adjacent 16 MW Tropico location spans 109 acres. Blue Oak Energy was the General Contractor for this project and performed the full engineering, permitting and construction.
The Garland solar power project, which produces enough clean electricity to power approximately 50,000 homes, will deliver power to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a long-term power purchase agreement. Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is the majority owner of the facility, which is sited on approximately 2,000 acres of land. The Garland facility uses 723,000 Canadian Solar high performance CS6X-P photovoltaic (PV) solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. Blue Oak Energy was the engineering subcontractor for the General Contractor and performed all civil, structural and electrical engineering from the planning stages through final completion.
This extensive 20MW solar farm project presented
unique challenges for our electrical and civil engineering teams due to the site’s rolling terrain and subtropical climate. By utilizing alternative engineering design software, Blue Oak Energy was able to achieve an accurate energy model that simulated energy production based on the varying degrees of solar array slope.
A 36MW ground mount utility-scale solar farm was developed across three distinct parcels. Approximately 28MW is located on the largest parcel, while nearly 8 MW is located on the two combined smaller parcels. This interesting project utilized two DC voltages in the solar array and utilized a variety of equipment across the site to meet the customer’s financial goals.
From 2010-2012, 90MW was successfully deployed on 25 commercial solar rooftops in southern California. Part of the initiative includes the largest single solar PV rooftop in 2011 in the U.S., with a DC nameplate rating of 8.55 MW on a 1.3M square foot building.
Located at Brookhaven National Labs, the 37MW and 190 acre Long Island Solar Farm will feed power directly into the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) utility grid. This system will power local businesses, neighborhoods and cities; in addition to helping LIPA meet its commitment for renewable energy production.
Blue Oak provided the full scope Civil and Structural and Electrical Engineering for the long-term system investor and owner. Our scope also included preparing the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Dust Control plans and negotiating for the final construction permits. Our services also included assistance with bidding the project out for construction and providing construction phase engineering support to assist an aggressive commercial operation schedule.
Blue Oak Energy delivered the Electrical, Civil, and Structural Engineering while also designing in dynamic power curtailment and power factor control capability to meet APS standards for future grid functionality. The Gillespie Solar Generating Facility tracking system utilizes an inverter plant controller capable of curtailing the 16MWac inverter system to 15MWac per utility requirements, while also maximizing the plant output during low-production times to maximize client ROI and energy production to APS.
The Cascade Solar project is located north of Joshua Tree National Park in unincorporated San Bernardino County, California. Blue Oak Energy was hired to complete the full civil, structural, and electrical engineering, and manage the grading and building permit approval process. We coordinated very closely with the county planning and permitting offices to ensure the project met the county requirements while expediting the permit communications to achieve project commercial operation on schedule.
This utility scale solar facility is constructed in a 100 year FEMA floodplain and therefore required some special design considerations from our civil, structural and electrical engineering staff. Blue Oak acted as the full service civil, structural and electrical engineer for the project which is spread across 2 distinct parcels of property. We worked closely with the installing contractor and the utility to meet some stringent interconnection requirements.
Blue Oak was engaged to design and construct this solar facility on a tight schedule. We engineered the full project, obtained construction permits, and coordinated two separate interconnections with the utility company. The local distribution grid had some special needs and therefore we worked with the utility company to provide special inverter system ramp-rates and reactive power controls. This single axis tracker system was designed to eliminate any grading at the site and therefore has minimal impact on this unique site's location. Blue Oak continues to operate and maintain this solar facility under a long term maintenance contract.
This is a utility scale Solar PV project located just north of Las Vegas. Blue Oak Energy completed the Electrical and Structural Engineering, as well as on-site value engineering services. The site is positioned in a large watershed received by a nearby mountain range. The continuity between Blue Oak Energy's electrical and civil engineering design coordination and stormwater planning was critical early-on for the project's ultimate success. The preliminary engineering for this project started in 2012 and was completed in 2013.
The Gridley Solar Farm was designed and constructed by Blue Oak Energy in 2012. The electricity generated by the 25 acre Gridley solar facility is directed to the City of Gridley and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Engineering and permitting was accomplished in nearly 8 weeks and construction was completed in approximately 18 weeks.
The Putah Creek Solar Farm is a distributed generation solar facility which was engineered and constructed by Blue Oak in 2014. This is one of the first Electric-Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (E-REMAT) program solar facilities to be installed on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) controlled electrical grid. We co-developed the project and proposed the ideal solutions to fully permit and construct this solar farm while also maximizing the project's financial returns.
The First Solar Mesa project is the largest rooftop installation in the state of Arizona with 18 acres of rooftop solar panels. The 4 MW photovoltaic (PV) system feeds power to First Solar’s Manufacturing Facility and exports excess generation to the local electric utility, Salt River Project (SRP).