Turquoise Solar

Greenbacker Capital | 61.17 MW Nevada |

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Hired by McCarthy Building Companies, TerraSmart began construction on the 61.17 MW solar project in Sparks, Nevada, in November of 2019. Turquoise sits on approximately 180 acres of igneous rock and ledge at a mountainous base in Washoe County, Nevada.

After numerous failed trials from other solar installation companies who attempted to drive their pile system into the site’s rocky terrain, TerraSmart was hired when the project’s owner, Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, said to call TerraSmart. Known for a proven ability to forge into arduous soils with our proprietary ground screw foundation, TerraSmart was hired to not only install the solar racking foundation, but utilize our array of turnkey solar services that would help expedite the project’s construction schedule. TerraSmart’s ability to forge into the site’s extreme rocky terrain saved time and additional costs by eliminating unnecessary clearing and civil work.

TerraSmart’s scope of work included design and engineering; surveying; civil construction services performed by TerraCivil, (TerraSmart’s civil division); utilizing three of TerraSmart’s rock drill machines onsite; foundation point staking; ground screw installation; assembly and positioning of legs, and the installation of TerraSmart’s adaptable fixed-tilt racking system – GLIDE Portrait.

The Project Site is located in the Reno Technology Park (the “park”), approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Reno and 25 miles east of the California border. The Park is a 2,200-acre master planned industrial park shared between Apple, which owns approximately 1,600 acres, and Turquoise Solar, which owns approximately 600 acres. Apple’s major Nevada data center campus is located in the Park with over 300MW of load. Upon completion Turquoise will provide power via Nevada Energy, allocated for Apple’s data center through their Green Energy Rider Agreement with NV Energy.

*Turquoise Solar Project was developed by Estuary Capital Partners and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and subsequently acquired by Greenbacker Capital.

Developer – Greenbacker Capital

Contractor – McCarthy Building Companies & TerraSmart

Mounting & Racker Installer – TerraSmart


  • DC System Size

    62 MW

  • Type of Rack


  • Ground Screws


  • Legs


  • Modules


Design Specification

  • Wind Load

    110 MPH

  • Snow Load

    30 psf

  • Terrain


  • Tilt Angle


  • Soil Type



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