solar installer Borrego has been selected by greenbacker Renewable Energy to develop and build two utility-scale solar projects in Montana and South Dakota. The projects are the largest to date for both Greenbacker and Borrego’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group and are the first for Borrego in the two states.
“These projects are the newest and biggest additions to Borrego’s fast-growing utility-scale solar resume,” said Brian Barker, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of Borrego’s EPC unit. “Our success stems from the confidence of partners like Greenbacker to help them make better decisions through project risk mitigation, module procurement and project optimization, ultimately increasing project financial returns.”
The 80 MWAC Montana Sun (MTSun) Solar project is located on a 489-acre site in Yellowstone County, Montana. The 80 MWAC The Fall River Solar project is located on a 500-acre lot in Fall River County, South Dakota. Both projects will start construction in the fourth quarter of 2021 and are expected to be operational in December 2022. When completed, the two solar plants will be among the largest in their respective states.
Both projects have long-term power purchase agreements with investment-grade local utilities: Montana Sun with Northwestern Energy and Fall River with Black Hills Power. Greenbacker acquired both projects from Broad Reach Power (BRP) as part of its strategy to own and operate large-scale solar power plants.
“We have worked with Borrego on a number of distributed solar energy projects and consider them a valued EPC partner,” said Charles Wheeler, CEO of Greenbacker. “These utility-scale projects mark the final step in each company’s gigawatt ambitions, and we look forward to bringing clean energy and the associated jobs to the emerging solar markets in Montana and South Dakota.”
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