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Supporting water security in California

Bechtel completed construction on one of the largest operating solar photovoltaic power plants in the world—the 250- megawatt California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR)—which is providing renewable energy to power approximately 100,000 homes annually.

Our team paid special attention to conserving groundwater and leaving the existing terrain and vegetation intact to maintain natural filtration systems. Moreover, Bechtel implemented strict construction groundwater usage and monitoring programs to meet stringent limits in drought-plagued California. We also developed stormwater-management programs to decrease runoff for additional conservation. In addition we recycled 90 percent of construction waste on the project—40 percent more than required by San Luis Obispo County.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CVSR will offset the production of up to 336,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to:

  • 65,000 cars removed each year from local roads and freeways
  • 1,800 fewer railcars of coal used