FPL EVolution HUB

FPL EVolution HUB

FPL EVolution HUB

Type: Substation and Renewable
Scope: Construct a Microgrid Grid
(Solar Farm, BESS, and EV Charging Stations)
Location: Riviera Beach, Florida
Client: Florida Power & Light

Irby was awarded the construction of the Florida Power and Light (FPL) EVolution Hub project in August 2021. This innovative microgrid (energy storage project) comprises a 5-MW solar array and a 7.5-MW by 15-MWh stationary battery, as well as two mobile EV trailers. The two, 28-foot mobile EV charging stations, built by our affiliate company Brink Construction, will be able to provide clean energy on the go. The mobile EV trailers will each carry a fully charged battery. The EV chargers will be stationed at FPL’s West Palm Beach service facility, where EV fleet drivers can charge their vehicles. EV charging trailers will help during public emergencies or in evacuation situations, such as hurricanes.

The project will enable FPL to test the design and benefits of movable EV charging stations and gain further insight into microgrid technology.

Irby’s full scope of construction includes site civil and access work, complete solar farm installation incorporating foundations, modules, racking, collection systems, conduit installation, and commissioning of all components of the microgrid. Working with FPL Construction managers, Irby will complete this project by mid-year 2022.

Start Date: August 2021
Scheduled Completion: March 2022

 

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New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Line

New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Line

New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Line

Type: Transmission
Scope: 145 miles of 320kV HVDC T/L – steel poles
Location: Maine
Client: Avangrid

The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) is the largest clean energy project in New England. The Clean Energy Corridor connects 1,200 megawatts of renewable hydropower from Canada to the New England power grid.

In total, the project consists of 145 miles of new transmission line that will tie into the existing transmission system in Lewiston, ME. Additional project components include upgrading 50 miles of existing alternating current transmission lines, construction of a new converter station, a new substation, and multiple system upgrades.

When the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project was announced, Irby and Cianbro teamed up to pursue their part in the $950 million that will bring clean energy to 1.2 million households. Leveraging their previous success for Central Maine Power, and staying committed to the win, the Cianbro-Irby joint venture worked for three years on pricing and negotiations. In April 2020, the Cianbro-Irby team was awarded a 145-mile transmission line project from Avangrid. Cianbro-Irby’s scope of work includes all aspects of the DC line construction including foundations, pole setting, framing, and wire stringing operations.

Start Date: December 2020
Scheduled Completion: TBD

 

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Sunshine Gateway Battery Energy Storage Center

Sunshine Gateway Battery Energy Storage Center

Sunshine Gateway Energy Storage Center

Type: Substation, Renewable
Scope: Construct a new battery energy storage center
Location: Columbia County, Florida
Client: Florida Power & Light

Irby was awarded the construction of the Florida Light & Power (FPL) Sunshine Gateway Battery Energy Storage Center (BESS) in August of 2020. The 30MW battery storage facility consists of 10 new battery line-ups (battery containers and integrated inverter/pad-mount transformer skids) connected to an adjacent 230/34.5 kV substation. The work includes, but is not limited to, the installation of all civil works, including the BESS pad, drainage infrastructure, roads, foundations, conduits, grounding, structures, equipment, batteries, and battery enclosures, control building, cabling, and testing.

The battery storage system is fed by the FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center, a 74.5 MW facility sitting on over 900 acres located near the intersection of I-10 and I-75. The solar plant generates zero-emissions for FPL customers and generates enough renewable energy to power approximately 15,000 Florida homes. Operation of this renewable source is the equivalent of removing 12,000 cars from the road each year.

Local ABC affiliate, 20 WCJB ran a softy on the project. Watch it here. https://www.wcjb.com/content/news/FPL-opens-new-solar-energy-power-plant-in-Columbia-County-506341811.html

Start Date: March 2021
Completion Date: In Progress/Scheduled December 2021

 

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Manatee Battery Energy Storage Center

Manatee Battery Energy Storage Center

Manatee Battery Energy Storage Center

Type: Substation, Renewable
Scope: Construct a new battery energy storage center
Location: Manatee County, FL​
Client: Florida Power & Light

Irby was awarded the construction of the Florida Light & Power (FPL) Manatee Battery Energy Storage Center (BESS) in August of 2020. The BESS and substation consist of 132 new battery line-ups (battery containers and integrated inverter/pad-mount transformer skids), connected to a new 230/34.5 kV substation. The substation consists of 44 feeder breakers, each connected to three battery line-ups; four bus-tie breakers; six transmission breakers; two charging feeder breakers; three GSUs; and associated other equipment, bus, cables, conduit, grounding, foundations, etc.

This 409MW/900MWh energy storage center, the equivalent of 100 million iPhone batteries, will be the world’s largest solar-powered battery. The project will accelerate the retirement of fossil fuel generation, saving FPL customers more than $100 million while eliminating more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. 

“Irby has worked with FPL for over 20 years. However, this is the first project of this kind together and unique in scope,” said Andre Foster, Vice President of Business Development and Major Projects. “Irby looks forward to completing this special project with a long-standing partner like FPL.” 

Start Date: September 2020
Completion Date: In Progress/Scheduled December 2021 

 

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Florida Power & Light Underground Lateral Hardening

Florida Power & Light Underground Lateral Hardening

Florida Power & Light Underground Lateral Hardening

Type: Distribution, Underground Design-Build
Scope: 3-year distribution overhead and underground maintenance.
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Client: Florida Power & Light

Severe weather events pose a significant risk to community electrical infrastructure. Local authorities in Florida have prioritized grid development strategies to offset this risk via the increased burial of electrical transmission lines. To this end, Florida Power and Light (FPL), an industry-leading energy utility serving over 10 million customers in Florida, has allocated resources exceeding $4 billion for new and upgraded underground electrical infrastructure throughout its service area, 47% of which is currently underground.

FPL contracted Irby in April 2019 to provide ongoing technical support services related to customer outreach, engineering design, construction, and maintenance of several of these underground assets. For its pilot community project, 100% homeowner approval was required to enable the diversion of above ground FPL lines using Irby’s conduit, HDPE, and pad-mounted underground equipment solutions. To avoid outages, the work was performed while energized, with one circuit route totaling ~1.6 miles of 13.8kV distribution line delivered within a 45-day work schedule and with zero lost-time incidents. Irby’s directional boring solution was ideally situated for the scope allowing for minimal excavation and environmental impact to residential properties.

With strong community support, Irby and FPL have already carried out 8 “Storm Secure” projects together in and around Sarasota and Manatee counties with planning underway for at least 85 additional deployments.

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To view an in-depth CASE STUDY on the underground hardening program, click here.

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Start Date: January 2019
Completion Date: December 2021

 

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