Fluor Corporation has completed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for both phases of LS Power’s new Centinela Solar Energy Facility, one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Located near El Centro, California, the 170-megawatt photovoltaic solar project will provide clean, renewable energy in the southwestern U.S.
“The successful completion of this large solar facility is the result of a long-standing relationship and effective coordination between LS Power and Fluor,” said Matt McSorley, president of Fluor’s Power business. “We are especially proud of the project team’s exemplary health, safety and environmental record.”
“Fluor deserves to be congratulated for its successful completion of construction on the Centinela Solar Energy Facility,” said John King, executive vice president of LS Power. “Having achieved this important milestone, Centinela will serve California and the region with clean, renewable energy for decades to follow.”
Fluor provided the engineering and procurement services for the lump-sum project from its southern California operations center. LS Power and Fluor broke ground on the new facility in December 2012.
The construction of the renewable energy project provided hundreds of jobs to workers in the Imperial Valley region of southern California. The construction team installed a total of more than 875,000 solar photovoltaic panels on the 1,600-acre site. Fluor completed the project safely, working more than 700,000 construction hours with no lost-time accidents. In addition to providing engineering, procurement and construction services, Fluor will also operate and maintain the world-class facility for the next five years.
The Centinela facility is the second major solar plant that Fluor has designed and built for LS Power. In November 2013, Fluor announced the completion of the 125-megawatt Arlington Valley Solar Energy II facility in Maricopa County, Arizona.
LS Power is an independent power company that develops, owns, operates and invests in power generation and electric transmission infrastructure throughout the United States.