Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides and BQ Energy Director Tim Ryan jointly announced the award of major subcontracts to local firms for performance under the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park’s solar energy facility project.
groSolar, based in Columbia, is the primary engineering, procurement and construction firm for the project. BQ Energy, with a local office in Towson, is the country’s leading developer of solar projects on closed landfills. The awardees are as follows.
• Powercon Corp., Severn, will design, manufacture and install seven medium voltage separate switchgear stations (a combination of electrical disconnect switches, fuses or circuit breakers, metering and control equipment), enclosed in multi-bay weatherproof outdoor cabinets. These will be the most technically advanced components of the Annapolis solar facility.
• Rommel Construction, Linthicum, will perform electrical work including medium voltage and low voltage AC, DC electrical, and electrical equipment placement and terminations and testing.
• Reliable Contracting Co., Gambrills, will perform civil and site work, including new roads on the site, erosion control and the electrical medium voltage ducts.
• McCrone, Annapolis, will oversee land planning and surveying work.
• McCauley Lyman, Edgewater, will be responsible for regulatory review and renewable energy legal services.
Meanwhile, local small businesses are being sought for shuttle services, fencing, lunch truck service, site traffic control services, temporary bathroom facilities, water delivery and providing project employee accommodations.
“I encouraged an AREP solicitation and included a special small business and jobs outreach program for local employment and small business engagement including minority-, veteran- and women-owned small businesses,” Pantelides said. “This was an important aspect of the AREP solicitation. I wanted to ensure that this clean renewable energy project benefits both the local environment and the local economy.”