NAES Corporation will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for CIM Group‘s 250-MWAC Aquamarine Solar Photovoltaic Project at Westlands Solar Park in western Fresno and Kings Counties in California.
“NAES is proud to partner with CIM Group to provide O&M services for their utility-scale solar park and generation tie in California,” said Norm Escover, NAES president and CEO. “This is a significant advancement in the clean energy sector and one NAES Corporation is uniquely prepared to be a part with our combination of experience and services.”
NAES is currently supporting the first 125-MW phase of Westland Solar Park, which reached commercial operation October 1, with the management of their Westland’s transmissions lines, substation and interconnection. In addition, the NAES team is providing quality assurance and quality control assistance, O&M and an engineering review of the photovoltaic field.
“NAES brings a proven facility management approach that has been honed over four decades backed by a responsive operations, safety and compliance organization that is second to none,” said Charlie Hoock, senior VP of power services and renewables at NAES. “Our differentiation is our customer service mindset and broad capability under one roof.”
Aquamarine’s second 125-MW phase will be complete and operational by the end of the year. The park has an estimated 880,000 solar panels on 1,843 acres of former farmland. Testing has concluded and NAES has begun providing full-power services to the first phase of the solar park, with services for the second phase estimated to go live and begin by the end of this year.