By Bill Frazer
(Photos by Bill Frazer)
David Dzeima, Senior Superintendent for Swinerton Solar Energy, emailed the following progress report for the Solar Farm:
“As passersby can see, we are continuing our grading with just a small grading spread at this time. The grading operation consists of excavators, water trucks and compaction equipment. Starting on the 22nd of this month, we will be moving onto the site 2 additional dirt moving spreaders. These excavation machines will consist of 4 of our 627 scrapers. These machines move 20 cubic yards per load. We will also be starting up 6 of the 631 scrapers that haul 30 cubic yards of material per load. In addition to the scrapers, we will be starting another truck spread of 40 ton articulating trucks which move 30 cubic yards of soil per load. Our projected plan is to move 20,000 to 25,000 cubic yards of dirt for a 40 day duration to meet our goals.
Starting in early June, we will start receiving our construction materials needed for the installation of our solar panel facility. This material will be staged throughout the site in designated lay-down areas. This will make it easier for installation teams.
We currently have a work force of 70 employees. Starting around the 1st of June, we will be ramping up quickly to about 300 to 350 employees.
I would like to say that we have met a lot of very nice hospitable people within the city district offices as well as the local stores who help support our needs.”
Alabama Power Company is currently constructing a sub station under the 120,000 volt high tension line that extends from North Auburn to Roanoke. The sub station is called a “TAP” because it allow the voltage generated by Solar Farm to be fed into the grid that extends all over the eastern half of the country.