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The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Europe Division has contracted Conti to design and build a new 5 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at an airbase in Israel.

Conti has been awarded more than 120 solar projects since 2008. “We are looking forward to expanding our solar work with the USACE,” says Conti VP Matthew Skidmore, “to provide state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies in the US and abroad.”

Dubbed the Israel 9485 Solar PV Power Plant, the project’s ground-mounted solar system will be built in modules of 1 megawatt peak aggregated power per block. Each of the modules will cover an area of 4,400 square meters, leaving the potential for an array of up to 42,000 square meters in size. The plant will also include a weather station tied into the solar system’s communication infrastructure and equipped with sensors to measure and monitor irradiance, temperature and wind speed.

Conti expects to complete construction by mid-2016 and to provide plant maintenance for two years after start-up and commissioning of the system.