McCarthy Building Companies faced a number of challenges on the Turquoise Solar project, including rocky conditions, but TerraSmart, known for its ability to forge into arduous soils with its proprietary ground screw foundation, ably installed the solar racking foundation.
enerG Mag – Fall 2020 By Tony Kryzanowski
The 61-megawatt (MW) Turquoise Solar project in Nevada began producing power in November – and that in itself is significant, because many in the industry wondered if it could even be built given the list of challenges presented by the site.
The solar array is located on undulating terrain near the base of a mountain composed of igneous rock on and below the surface. The amount of workable space available on the site to install the total array for optimum performance was definitely at a premium.
It took the combined efforts of engineering, procurements, and construction (EPC) contractor McCarthy Building Companies, which prepared and implemented their design concept, and foundation and racking supplier/installer TerraSmart, using every tool in their toolboxes to deliver the required power production performance from this challenging project – on budget and on time.