Press Release: 04.23.2019

McCarthy Completes Tennessee’s Largest Solar Facility

Silicon Ranch

More than 300 people constructed the 53 MWAC solar plant, resulting from a unique public-private partnership

McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy and Storage group celebrated the completion of construction and commissioning of the 53 megawatt (MWAC) solar facility in Millington, Tennessee, the largest solar farm in the state, at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South in Millington. The project required more than 300 workers to construct the facility, which has more than 525,000 solar panels, that will provide reliable, resilient power to the NSA Mid-South and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) at cost-competitive rates for the next twenty years.

The innovative project is the result of a unique public-private partnership that brought together the City of Millington, the U.S. Navy, Memphis, Light, Gas and Water (MLGW), TVA and Silicon Ranch Corporation with a shared vision to support the local community and the naval base. As part of the unique partnership, Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of America's largest independent solar power producers, signed a long-term lease with the U.S. Navy for 72 acres of base land and purchased an adjacent 348 acres from the Millington Industrial Development Board (MIDB) for the solar project. McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage Group served as Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) contractor for the project.

While the majority of the solar array is located on the adjacent private land, the naval installation received a brand new alternative electrical feed that will increase energy security and resilience at NSA Mid-South. This feature enables the installation's more than 6,500 personnel to focus on their mission at the Navy's Human Resources Center of Excellence. The project also illustrates the value of divesting Navy land that is not crucial to an installation's mission and could be redeveloped through partnerships to benefit the Navy and the surrounding community.  

Underscoring the significance of the landmark project, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said, "Partnerships fuel innovation, and we are proud of the work by community leaders, the U.S. Navy, and Silicon Ranch to expand solar technology in West Tennessee. We look forward to a continued partnership as we strengthen rural Tennessee, modernize our infrastructure, and prepare for the jobs of the future."

Silicon Ranch Co-Founder and CEO Matt Kisber, who previously served eight (8) years as Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, said, "This innovative energy project is the result of a truly collaborative effort, and Silicon Ranch thanks our partners at the U.S. Navy, TVA, MLGW, and the MIDB for making this investment possible. We are especially honored to commission the largest solar facility in our home state of Tennessee and to support the mission of both NSA Mid-South and TVA."

Following the “flip-the-switch” commissioning event, students from the Millington Middle School STEM Robotics team received a special tour of the solar facility.

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 20th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2018). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available at mccarthy.com

About Silicon Ranch Corporation

Silicon Ranch is the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of the largest independent solar power producers in the country. Silicon Ranch develops to own all of its projects for the long-term, a distinction that means the company is deeply committed to its partners and communities and stands behind the performance of its facilities day in and day out. The company's operating portfolio includes more than 120 facilities across 14 states from New York to California, including the first large-scale solar projects in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas. To learn more, visit siliconranch.com and by following the company on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

About Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

About Memphis, Light, Gas and Water 

MLGW is the nation's largest three-service municipal utility, serving nearly 431,000 customers. Since 1939, MLGW has met the utility needs of Memphis and Shelby County residents and businesses by delivering reliable and affordable electricity, natural gas and water service.

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