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McCarthy Building Companies Utility-Scale Solar Partnership

National Partnership Delivers Six Gigawatts of Utility-Scale Solar Energy

Project Location

9 states

Gigawatts

6+

Area

26000 acres

Across America, decarbonizing the electrical grid has taken center stage in climate action and federal stimulus plans. As an engineering partner of McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy team – a leader in renewables construction – DLR Group contributes to this important transformation.

Decarbonizing the Grid

Explore the highlights of our partnership’s two dozen projects. Note: all megawatts listed are DC capacities.



01
Arizona

Agave & Sun Streams Solar Plants

40 miles west of Phoenix, Arlington, Arizona, has become a hotbed for solar energy production. Agave’s 190 megawatts on 1,400 acres contribute to Arizona Public Service’s commitment to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. The energy produced avoids 194,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually. Nearby, the award-winning Sun Streams 2 solar plant will deliver 200MW for its owner, who is also developing additional projects in the area totaling almost a gigawatt of energy. DLR Group provided structural engineering.

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Agave Solar Plant

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Sun Streams 2 Solar Plant

02
Colorado

Bighorn & Sun Mountain Solar Plants

The Colorado Energy Plan targets a 55% renewable energy powered grid by 2026. Sun Mountain and Bighorn Solar support this target with almost 600 megawatts of solar energy on 1,800 acres in Pueblo, Colorado. This represents over 800,000 metric tons of carbon emissions avoided compared to equivalent coal-powered energy production. DLR Group provided structural engineering services for both plants, as well as electrical engineering for Bighorn.

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Bighorn Solar Plant

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Sun Mountain Solar Plant

03
Nevada

Dodge Flat Solar Energy Center

One of six solar projects in Nevada’s 2018 Integrated Resource Plan, Dodge Flat combines 200 megawatts of capacity with 50 megawatts of battery energy storage, improving grid reliability and efficiency. DLR Group provided structural engineering.

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04
Texas

Briar Creek

The 150-megawatt Briar Creek solar farm delivers affordable electricity to the Dallas Fort Worth area in an innovative contract structure involving Lightsource bp, Nephilia Climate, and the Capital Solutions unit of Allianz Global. The project not only avoids 223,000 metrics tons of carbon emissions compared to coal-powered energy, it’s also an example of multi-use solar. Farmers lease their land for solar installation, while retaining rights as grazing partners. Additional DLR Group solar projects with McCarthy Building Companies in Texas include Bright Arrow, Cattlemen, Horizon, and more.

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