American EPC Signal Energy has entered the Australian large scale solar marketplace, opening regional headquarters in Sydney. The U.S. firm, which has already won two construction contracts for major solar projects in western NSW, is a long term Canadian Solar project partner.
New South Wales Investment Minister, Stuart Ayres, has hailed the entry of solar EPC Signal Energy into the Australian marketplace, noting that the company has already created more than 40 direct jobs, and hundreds of indirect jobs in the renewable energy sector. Though considering Signal’s track record elsewhere, these numbers may only be the beginning of things to come.
Already in the pipeline for Tennessee-based Signal is the 175 MW Finley Solar Plant in Finley NSW, not far from the Victorian border, and the 333 MW Darlington Point solar and storage project in Murrumbidgee. Signal Energy has partnered up with Canadian Solar for both of these contracts.
“We had been looking at a lot of different international markets to branch out into and the Australian market looked very promising,” said Robbin Russell, Signal’s Australian GM.
Signal Energy, LLC, is a design and build general contractor providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to the renewable energy industry. In the United States, Signal has developed a substantial reputation in the solar sector, primarily in the large scale segment.
Signal sets out its activities in solar project development as covering the initial design and construction (including civil infrastructure), to the foundations, electrical systems, mechanical installation of trackers, inverters and panels, indeed everything up to and including substations and interconnection facilities. Signal prides itself on being able to provide a fully bankable project, and considering its track-record, it is no surprise the firm is banking on itself to perform in the Australian market.
Some of Signal Energy’s most heralded projects include the Amazon Solar Farm U.S. East, the biggest project of its kind east of the Mississippi River, and the two massive Californian projects: Tranquillity Solar Project (258 MW) and Garland Solar Project (275 MW). For all these projects, in which the company partnered with Canadian Solar, Signal acted as EPC.
Signal’s entry into the already bustling Australian renewable energy marketplace is sign that international players continue to see good prospects in the market.
Author: Blake Matich