McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy and Storage Group recently completed construction and final commissioning of the 200-megawatt (MWdc) Sun Streams 2 solar project in Maricopa County, Arizona.
The project is situated on more than 1,000 acres in Arlington, Ariz., located approximately 40 miles west of Phoenix. McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage Group served as Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) contractor for the project, which is now owned by Longroad Energy, a U.S.-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator. Longroad Energy acquired the project from First Solar in early 2021.
Sun Streams 2 has more than 450,000 First Solar Series 6 modules, it also includes a substation expansion. McCarthy’s self-perform field forces installed all modules, 5,805 NEXTracker trackers, 53 SMA MWPS-4000 inverter skids, all DC wiring and combiner boxes and all underground 34.5 kV AC collection wiring. The project employed more than 250 local workers for its construction, and recruitment was primarily conducted in Buckeye and Goodyear, Arizona. In an effort to help recruit new people into careers in clean energy, McCarthy employs extensive hands-on training and mentorship to assist entry-level craft workers, and those with limited experience in solar construction, to develop the skills needed to launch their careers in the growing clean energy industry.