Cabinet Member Toured Townsite Solar Facility with Nevada Congresswoman Susie Lee
Boulder City, NV – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) workers in Boulder City, Nevada gave Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03) a demonstration of how solar panels are installed during a private tour of a Nevada construction site. The Energy Secretary and Congresswoman toured Arevon’s Townsite Solar Facility in Boulder City on June 11, 2021, to meet workers and promote opportunities in clean energy jobs.
Arevon, North America’s leading renewable energy company, is developing the 232 MW DC/193.95 MW AC solar PV plant south of Las Vegas with Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group, a true EPC that provides renewable energy design planning, construction, and maintenance, for solar and wind energy projects. Company leaders met with Granholm and Lee to explain the project, while IBEW workers demonstrated techniques and described what these jobs mean to them.
“This solar plant is the perfect example of how we can use the potential in clean energy to create good-paying union jobs that grow the economy, reduce energy bills, and address climate change,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. “President Biden’s American Jobs Plan will create millions of clean energy jobs all across the supply chain that will be needed to plan facilities, manufacture materials, install transmission lines and solar panels, and it’s going to help us get our country get to 100% clean electricity by 2035.”
Townsite Solar Facility currently supports 480 construction trade jobs. Since November, IBEW Local 357 workers contributed over 147,800 labor hours through May 2021, with the peak manpower of 520 craft workers. The IBEW has been critical to the success of the project by providing a steady stream of reliable, qualified craft workers.
“As the operator of one of the largest solar portfolios in the country, Arevon is proud of its contribution to Nevada’s clean energy economy,” said Justin Johnson, CEO of Arevon. “At Townsite and beyond, we’ve created thousands of jobs building solar and storage power plants across the country. We appreciate everyone who’s worked on constructing Townsite and we look forward to completing this project by the end of the year.”
Once completed at the end of 2021, Townsite will generate more than 500,000 MWh per year of renewable energy, enough to power 60,000 homes annually, avoiding 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
“Nevada is consistently leading this country in clean energy innovation. Solar power is an undeniably smart move at a time when we need to both reduce our carbon footprint and create good-paying jobs,” said U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03). “Earlier this year, I was proud to help introduce the Electric Power Infrastructure Improvement Act which will help promote construction of transmission projects across the nation through an investment tax credit. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with this Administration to make historic investments that will modernize our energy systems, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and build a better economy for everyone.”
The 1,053-acre Townsite project incorporates 528,084 First Solar’s Series 6™ photovoltaic (PV) modules on a NEXTracker Horizontal Single Axis Tracking System and uses Sungrow Inverters. Upon completion, the Townsite Solar Facility will be co-located with one of the largest battery energy storage systems (BESS) built to date. Power generated on-site will be distributed underground to a 230kV substation and overhead generation tie line to the Mead Substation just outside Boulder City.
“The City of Boulder City has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to alternative, renewable energy; it comes from our roots. Hoover Dam generates of 4.5 billion kilowatt hours annually, keeping power supplied to some eight million people in Arizona, California and Southern Nevada,” said Mayor Kiernan McManus. “Here we are, 85 years after Hoover Dam opened, leading the charge in renewable energy. It’s a source of pride for Boulder City and all of Southern Nevada.”
Rosendin is a leading constructor of clean energy facilities in Southern Nevada and throughout the West. The electrical contracting company employed over 1,960 craft workers to install over 1.6 million solar modules across five job sites in the region. Currently, the company is building 15 solar facilities across its service territories, including the largest to date in both Texas and California.
“While growth of the utility scale solar industry has been assured by strong market economics over these past few years, the new administration’s support to drive Zero-Carbon Energy production by 2035 will significantly accelerate opportunities for innovation, furthering market expansions and sustainable jobs creation,” said Duncan Frederick, VP of Business Development for Rosendin’s REG. “Rosendin has managed its growth by taking a strategic approach to building strong relationships with its trade partners, and we are grateful to the IBEW for providing a trusted, stable workforce that has allowed us to lead the solar EPC market in Nevada as well as help us enter new target markets across the country.”
One of the fastest-growing renewable energy groups in the country, Rosendin’s REG is building a robust workforce through the active recruitment of experienced engineers, estimators, and project managers. Rosendin works closely with the IBEW to offer a sustainable and productive career path for industry professionals who want to make a difference. As an innovative company dedicated to inclusivity and equity, Rosendin provides a wide range of opportunities for growth potential to qualified professionals.
Arevon is a global provider and North America’s leading renewable energy company, offering comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure solutions to institutional investors and long-term owners that maximize value across the entire lifecycle of assets.
Arevon’s global fleet of PV solar and onshore wind assets now exceeds 6.5 GWdc, representing over $9 billion in invested capital. Arevon operates the 2nd-largest portfolio of operating solar assets in North America, with over 3.5 GWdc of commercially operating utility-scale, commercial/industrial, distributed generation, and battery storage assets. With an additional 3.0 GWdc of solar assets currently under construction in the United States, Arevon is leading the renewable energy revolution in one of the most exciting industries of the 21st century. For more information, please visit www.arevonenergy.com.
Rosendin, headquartered in San Jose, is the largest employee-owned electrical contractor in the United States, employing over 7,000 people, with revenues upwards of $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our community and our company. At Rosendin, we foster a culture of diversity, inclusion, and shared ownership.
Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group (REG) is a division of Rosendin and a true EPC, providing renewable energy design planning, construction and servicing for solar and wind energy projects. Rosendin’s REG also provides innovative battery energy storage systems and sustainable power solutions to support the emerging microgrid market. REG has installed nearly 4GW of Solar and 22GW of Wind Energy throughout the U.S. and offers a comprehensive portfolio of construction services including design-build, substation and switchyard installation, vertical tower wiring, overhead collection systems and transmission lines, underground collection systems, and substation design and communications integration. https://www.rosendin.com/sectors/renewable-energy/