Located on Windsor International Airport property, the Windsor Solar energy project features more than 190,000 photovoltaic modules supported by more than 5,000 racks and 20,000 helical piles. The project consisted of the complete engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) delivery, testing, and commissioning of the 50-megawatt, alternating current, utility-scale, ground-mount solar facility, as well as modular construction of the site’s operations and maintenance buildings.
PCL’s engineering and project management team improved cost efficiencies on the site by optimizing the project to reduce the site’s footprint to 260 acres from 300 acres. This enabled the team to reduce the number of inverters and inverter stations needed without reducing the facility’s capacity, greatly improving the project’s financial performance. PCL’s modular construction team, PCL Agile, self-performed the manufacturing of 20,000 helical piles and prefabricated the site’s operations and maintenance building at its off-site manufacturing facility. This reduced the overall cost of the foundations and ensured the delivery of quality project material.