Client: NextEra Energy Resources, NEE Constructors
North Sky River
NextEra Energy constructed 100 1.62-megawatt GE turbines for this 36 square mile site, located in the Mojave Desert in Kern County. The North Sky River Wind Farm is a 162-megawatt wind generation plant that is capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 40,000 homes. Commercial operation began in 2012 and it interconnects to Southern California Edison’s Highwind substation. The design of this project includes turbines, “gen-tie” line, substation, switchyard, and an O&M building.
For North Sky River, dk Engineering served as the civil engineer on this project and was responsible for preparing the grading plans, plot plans, offsite improvement plans, switchyard plans, substation plans, hydrology and hydraulics report, storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) and erosion control plans. Additionally, dk Engineering played a key role in coordinating with the Client, County, project design consultants, environmental consultants, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and contractor to obtain County approval by the targeted construction start date. dk Engineering also served as the surveyor and provided topographic survey, boundary survey, ALTA survey, staking and preparation of legal documents.
The Sky River wind project is on a 7 square mile site, just south of North Sky River. It was a complete repower of an aging wind farm. Over 340 turbines were removed and replaced with 17 Siemens 3.0 and 4 GE 2.3 turbines for a total of 21 new turbines.
For Sky River, dk Engineering performed the civil design of the project and was responsible for preparing grading plans, erosion control plans, SWPPP, and culvert sizing for the 14 miles of road. dk Engineering also served as the surveyor and provided the topographic survey, boundary survey, ALTA survey, staking and preparation of legal descriptions.