The Paris of the Plains, Kansas City, Mo., will soon be gleaming with new solar arrays, thanks to a new partnership between engineering, procurement, the construction company Black & Veatch and the commercial solar installer Brightergy. The companies have recently formed a strategic alliance to develop $100 million in commercial solar energy projects. Among the projects, Black & Veatch will install commercial photovoltaic (PV) rooftops in Kansas City.
Under the agreement, Brightergy will serve as the project developer and provides sales, marketing and financing resources. Black & Veatch applies engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) for the projects. The companies will focus on developing commercial-scale PV solar rooftop projects between 25 kilowatts and 2 megawatts in size. “We will be developing these projects through PPAs [i.e., power-purchase agreements],” said Adam Blake, Brightergy CEO.
“Some projects are in our pipeline, and others are being developed,” Blake explained. The alliance with Black & Veatch will include development of projects for multiple years.”
Brightergy said it has already developed more than 600 rooftop solar projects in the Midwest and it’s continuing to expand. For instance, earlier this year the company announced that it partnered with Kansas City Power & Light to install solar on 80 municipal buildings in Kansas City. “A growing number of organizations seek new ways to manage energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint,” Blake said. “Through our alliance, we help organizations get the best of both worlds.”
For its part, Black & Veatch said it has consulted and provided assistance on more than 3 gigawatts of solar installed throughout the world. Among them it provided services for the 80 megawatt Sarnia Solar Project in Ontario. When the project was completed in 2010 it was the largest PV farm in the world.
However, the partnership will allow Black & Veatch to work on the smaller commercial side of the PV industry. The company has provided service for all types of electric generation including coal and natural gas. “Our alliance with Brightergy allows Black & Veatch to further expand its portfolio of distributed generation services,” said Dean Oskvig, president and CEO of Black & Veatch’s energy business. “We will apply the experience gained in delivering solar PV projects both in North America and around the world.”
Brightergy focuses on being a distributed electric generation company. “We provide cheaper and cleaner energy through technologies like solar energy,” the company said.