S&C Electric Co. boosts production at California wind farm

S&C will procure and construct the electrical equipment necessary to connect 34 Vestas 3-MW wind turbines to the grid

Chicago, November 1, 2011 — S&C Electric Co. will provide a complete procure-construct solution for Coram Ridge Wind Farm in Mojave, California.

S&C will procure and construct the electrical equipment necessary to connect 34 Vestas 3-MW wind turbines to the grid. The plant's capacity, at completion, will be 102 MW. The plant is owned by Coram California Development, L.P.

Increasing renewable energy production at existing plants is a priority in California considering the renewable energy goals set forth in the new California Renewables Portfolio Standard.

The new goals, as of April 12, will require 33 percent of total energy supplies to come from certified renewable sources by 2020 — one of the most aggressive renewable energy goals in the U.S. However, upgrading infrastructure economically while minimizing plant downtime is both critical and extremely challenging.

S&C will integrate a 69-kV underground transmission line, which is very unusual for renewable energy projects and as such, requires a high level of technical expertise and customization. S&C will also develop two 66-kV substations and overhead and underground collector systems.

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