Press Release: 02.17.2017

Utility-Scale Solar Projects in Northern Colorado

Utility Scale Solar Array in Northern Colorado with mountains in background

Over the course of 2016, McCarthy and Silicon Ranch Corporation successfully completed five utility-scale solar energy projects in Northern Colorado that will play a key role in bringing clean energy solutions to the community for years to come. These projects will provide clean energy to power more than 5,000 homes in the area.

“We are proud to be able to partner with Silicon Ranch to create solar farms that are advancing the energy infrastructure of communities across Colorado,” said Kevin Williams, senior vice president for McCarthy in Colorado.

Largely located in Weld County, these utility-scale solar plants will be providing clean energy to Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) and United Power through Purchase Power Agreements with Silicon Ranch Corporation. The solar farms are estimated to power more than 5,000 homes for more than twenty years.

John Marcarelli, director of business development for Silicon Ranch’s Colorado operations, said, “As long-term owners of our projects, Silicon Ranch takes great pride in being active members in the communities we serve and are excited about the economic, environmental, and community benefits each of our projects will bring to Northern Colorado for decades to come.”

McCarthy served as the Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) contractor, and was responsible for the design, procurement, construction, commissioning, and handover of each project to its developer, Silicon Ranch, who will own and operate each facility for the duration. During construction, which occurred between September 2015 and December 2016, more than 500 workers were employed, the majority of whom were local area residents.

The following projects completed in 2016:

Skylark A, located near Severance, CO
4.08 MWac  (48,840 Panels)
September 2015 – January 2016

Skylark B, located near Severance, CO
2.0 MWac (23,760 Panels)
June 2016 – August 2016

Valley View, located in Greeley, CO
4.08 MWac (49,320 Panels)
September 2015 – January 2016

Mavericks, located near Mead, CO
6.25 MWac (75,960 Panels)
August 2016 – December 2016

Ft. Lupton, located in Ft. Lupton, CO
13.6 MWac (160,560 Panels)
September 2015 – May 2016

The partnership with Silicon Ranch aligns McCarthy with one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers. Silicon Ranch has demonstrated its long-term commitment to the Colorado market and has emerged as a market leader in the region.

Nationally, McCarthy’s Renewable Energy team has completed more than 20 utility-scale solar installations in communities from coast to coast, representing a combined capacity of over 1 GW of clean energy production. McCarthy was named to the 2016 Solar Power World’s Top 500 solar contractors list, ranking #29.

In Colorado, McCarthy is kicking-off its first solar project of 2017 in Platteville, with construction of Rattlesnake, which will produce an estimated 16.0 MWAC using approximately 181,800 panels. This solar facility is also being built in partnership with Silicon Ranch for United Power and is expected to commence construction in March 2017.

About McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

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 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). 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 online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

About Silicon Ranch Corporation

Silicon Ranch Corporation, based in Nashville, Tenn., is one of the fastest-growing developers, owners, and operators of solar energy plants in the U.S. Silicon Ranch develops to own all of its projects for the long-term and brings the economic, environmental, and community benefits of commercial and utility-scale solar energy together in a full-service model that requires no capital investment from its stakeholders. Silicon Ranch benefits from the experience of its management team that has built over 2.5 gigawatts of conventional and renewable generation assets, including the first large-scale solar projects in Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, and Mississippi. More information is available at

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