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Borrego makes its first major push into utility-scale operation and maintenance – PV Magazine USA


The signing of two solar operations and maintenance contracts for two 50 MW projects under construction in Ohio signals a new direction for Borrego.

Borrego announced in May that it did after selling its ECP development business, an energy transition-focused investor with a nearly two-decade track record in the power, renewable energy and sustainable solutions sectors. Along with it went a pipeline of Borrego projects that contained 8.4 GW of solar and 6.4 GW / 25 GWh of energy storage. ECP is rebranded as New Leaf Energy and continues to grow its presence in the distributed solar generation and energy storage (DG) space.

Now, after signing two deals that are Borrego’s first utility-scale O&M contracts, the company is focusing on providing third-party O&M services for distributed generation and utility-scale solar power plants, further establishing itself in the market operation and maintenance and EPC. According to the terms of the contracts, Barrega will not only provide preventive and corrective maintenance, but will perform unlimited vegetation maintenance as well as aerial thermal inspection services. Barrega has also included a 98% uptime guarantee for five years in conjunction with these services.

Borrego has updated its operations center to meet North American Electric Reliability Corp. requirements. (NERC) and will be able to register as a NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Generator Operator (CIP-GOP). In addition, Barrega O&M continues to grow the number of dedicated employees who are focused on growing the portfolio in the utility sector.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to manage and service these utility projects in Ohio. BarregaThe selection of one of the largest renewable energy IPPs in the world is a testament to the investment we have made in our team and operations and maintenance systems, said Mike Hall, the company’s chief executive officer Barrega. “The deals also reflect our partners’ recognition of the benefits of strategic O&M thinking early in the project lifecycle.”

Two projects in Ohio are scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2023 Barrega O&M will start operating the plants. The developer and operator of the renewable energy projects are not named.

Barrega currently manages more than 1.6 GW of capacity and 1,050 solar operating assets, most of which were established by other EPCs.

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