PCL grows solar operations
By Adam FreillConstruction Green Construction
Canadian construction firm expanding its North American and Australian solar operations.
PCL Construction is bringing the sunshine to renewable energy projects. The company has revealed plans to evolve its solar business, PCL Solar, with Andrew Moles taking the lead as general manager.
PCL Solar, which is based in Toronto, has satellite offices in strategic centres across the United States and Australia. Its aim, says the company, is to build upon the success of PCL’s solar portfolio to deliver an even wider array of renewable energy projects to PCL clients.
“The demand for high-performing solar facilities will only increase in the coming years as the world transitions away from carbon-producing forms of energy generation,” stated Moles. “PCL has risen to the challenge by assembling an outstanding renewable energy team ready to meet the needs of this ever-growing market.”
Over the past five years, PCL’s Solar team has completed a number of projects, including Travers Solar, which will be the largest solar project in Canada, the Gunnedah Solar project in New South Wales, Australia, and U.S. projects in Texas, Oregon, Georgia, Colorado and Tennessee. The team’s new work attainment was $1.1 billion in 2021 alone, and the company says it anticipates significant opportunities for continued growth in 2023 and beyond.
Moles, who is leading the division, began his career at PCL in 2007 and started working on solar projects in 2009. Since then, he has led solar expansion efforts across North America and Australia and has served as a board member on the Canadian Solar Industries Association and as a board member and vice-chair of the Utility-Scale Solar Division of the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association.
The operation will be responsible for estimating, design, performance analytics, solar-specific technology, project execution and in-house commissioning.
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