Rosendin Electric, the nation's largest private electrical contractor and a 100-percent employee-owned company, will break ground this week on a new photovoltaic power installation project for the Antelope Valley Union High School District.
This 9.4-megawatt (MW) installation spans 10 schools and is the largest school solar project undertaken in California to date. It also makes Rosendin Electric one of the largest installers of sustainable solar power systems in the western United States.
The Rosendin Electric Solar Division has been contracted to support engineering for the $50 million Antelope Valley UHSD solar project, as well as assuming full responsibility for procurement and construction. Rosendin Electric will work with PsomasFMG of Los Angeles, the project and asset manager for the installation, and with GCL Solar, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy, which recently signed a solar project agreement with PsomasFMG to purchase the Antelope Valley UHSD project.
One of the key factors that contributed to Rosendin Electric winning the Antelope Valley solar contract was the fact that Rosendin Electric was willing to offer a performance ratio guarantee, assuring that the completed project would perform to deliver power at an optimum level over a specified period of time. Rosendin Electric's extensive expertise in photovoltaic construction, combined with its long standing market history and solid financial footing, makes the company one of the few California electrical contractors able to offer such a guarantee.
"With the addition of the Antelope Valley contract, Rosendin Electric becomes one of the largest solar distributed generation EPC contractors in the West," said Duncan Frederick, Director of Solar Operations for Rosendin Electric. "We have always been committed to delivering alternative energy solutions, and we have an unprecedented track record in wind farm installation. With the addition of this project to our portfolio of solar projects installed over the past year, we are quickly building the same reputation for delivering solar power."
When this project is completed in the first quarter of 2011, Rosendin Electric will have been responsible for completing projects that deliver nearly 20 MW of solar power in the state of California within 18 months. Rosendin Electric recently completed the installation of a 1.2 MW solar array at the Mineta San Jose International Airport with partner Canadian Solar, and is in the process of completing similar projects for the Hollister Wastewater Treatment Project, Hollister Unified School District, San Ysidro School District and the Arizona Western College in Yuma, AZ. Rosendin Electric will also complete a 5 MW solar project for the Sunset Reservoir in San Francisco within the next two months.