Press Release: 09.28.2017

WGL Energy Selects McCarthy to Expand Virginia's Solar Energy Capacity

Construction workers working on solar panels

The 6 MW solar project benefits local community with clean energy, jobs and tax revenue 

McCarthy’s Renewable Energy Team was selected as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor on a new 76-acre, 6-megawatt alternating current system in Ringgold, Va., by WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy), a WGL company. The Kentuck Solar Project will be the largest municipal electric utility in Virginia and marks further expansion of McCarthy’s clean energy footprint along the East Coast.  

Construction will begin in November 2017, and is expected to be in operation providing energy to Danville Utilities customers in spring 2018. McCarthy plans to hire an estimated 80 local workers during the construction phase, supporting growth in the clean energy job sector. The project will consist of assembling, installing, and wiring single-axis trackers supporting nearly 23,896 ET crystalline modules.

To train the local workforce in the emerging solar industry, McCarthy’s Renewable Energy Team is implementing Training Within Industry (TWI), a program developed by United States Department of War in the 1940's to help industry quickly and reliably re-train workers on moderately complex tasks. Through TWI principles, McCarthy is applying its "Learn. Perform. Repeat” methodology. By deploying TWI and lean construction principles on solar projects from coast to coast McCarthy is overcoming the biggest challenge faced by the construction industry today, and successfully training its solar workforce.

“We’re pleased to be entering into our first solar project with WGL Energy, and adding to the rapidly growing solar portfolio and clean energy solutions in Virginia,” said Scott Canada, senior vice president of the Renewable Energy team at McCarthy Building Companies. “And, through our TWI training program, we look forward to bringing new jobs to the community and training the local workforce with skills that can be applied to our growing industry.”

This is the first project McCarthy and WGL Energy have pursued together. Sol Systems is the owner’s representative and development partner, and TurningPoint Energy is the developer that owns the 76-acre parcel of land that will host the solar farm. Upon completion of construction, WGL Energy will own and operate the utility-connected solar power plant, which will deliver the power it generates to Danville Utilities for the next 25 years. The Kentuck Solar Project will offset carbon emissions equivalent to 35,338 homes over its life.

“WGL Energy is proud to bring additional solar renewable energy to Virginia with our first solar project in the Commonwealth, and support an innovative solar farm that will be developed in close collaboration with Danville Utilities and our project partners,” said Sanjiv Mahan, president of WGL Energy Systems. “We look forward to continuing our longstanding history in Virginia and contributing to Danville’s commitment to offer diverse energy solutions that stabilize prices, among other benefits.”

To date, McCarthy’s Renewable Energy Team, based in Arizona, has completed several large-scale solar installations across the U.S. representing a combined capacity of nearly 1,200 MWac of energy production since 2013. McCarthy was named to the 2017 Solar Power World’s Top 500 solar contractors list, ranking #11.

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 15th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). With approximately 1,800 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; 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+.

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