Black & Veatch allies with Brightergy to to create solar rooftop systems



Black & Veatch and Brightergy have formed a strategic alliance to develop $100 million in solar energy projects over the next three years. Part of the alliance includes Black & Veatch installing solar photovoltaic (PV) commercial rooftop systems in the Kansas City Metro area. The venture also will extend its reach into other parts of the United States to address the growing demand for renewable energy. Brightergy serves as the project developer and provides sales, marketing and financing resources. Black & Veatch applies engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and consulting experience, allowing for a complete solution for clients. The venture will target commercial-scale PV solar rooftop projects generally ranging from 25 kilowatts to 2 megawatts (MW). "A growing number of organizations seek new ways to manage energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint," said Adam Blake, Brightergy CEO. "Through our alliance we help organizations get the best of both worlds." The U.S. solar market is in a period of rapid growth. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, more than 4,400 MW of PV power will come online during 2013. This is in addition to 8,500 MW of installed solar electric capacity. The new resources equal enough power to serve more than 1.3 million average American homes. "Our alliance with Brightergy allows Black & Veatch to further expand its portfolio of distributed generation services," said Dean Oskvig, President and CEO of Black & Veatch's energy business. "We will apply the experience gained in delivering solar PV projects both in North America and around the world." Interesting facts: -- Black & Veatch has assisted owners in developing and building more than 3,000 megawatts of solar facilities. -- Black & Veatch has provided engineering services for several PV solar projects including a 80-megawatt solar PV project in Canada, one of the largest in the world. -- Brightergy has developed over 600 rooftop solar projects in the Midwest. Black & Veatch Brightergy