S&C Electric Co. has successfully completed a procure-construct solution at the Coram Wind Farm, a project in Mojave, California, owned by Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and Coram California Development, LLC.
To help expand plant capacity, S&C procured and constructed the electrical systems needed to connect new wind turbines to the grid. With the project complete, the wind farm can produce up to 102 MW.
This project posed significant technical challenges — including integration of a 69-kV underground transmission line — that required a high level of expertise and customization. S&C also faced a compressed installation schedule due to delays in receiving construction permits from local authorities. Despite these obstacles, S&C completed the project on time, which is crucial for renewable energy plant developers to maximize financial returns and meet renewable energy goals.
For the project, S&C built two substations and installed 13 miles (21 km) of 35-kV electrical cable, 3 miles (5 km) of 69-kV underground cable and almost 2 miles (3.2 km) of 69-kV overhead cable. S&C's team of employees and subcontractors worked 168,000 person-hours with zero lost-day incidents or accidents. Consequently, the project achieved high marks during safety and environmental audits.