The 850MW plant is being developed by Tessera Solar and EPC firm Mortenson Construction, and will utilize Stirling Energy Systems (SES) SunCatcher solar dish stirling systems.

Calico Solar is the second Tessera Solar plant for which S&C’s power systems services division is providing engineering services through Mortenson Construction. S&C is also providing engineering services for the 27MW Western Ranch Solar plant that is planned near Marfa, Texas.

For the Calico Solar plant, S&C will ensure the plant can be connected to the grid without impacting stability or reliability of the utility’s transmission system. Services will include power flow modeling of the SunCatcher system; stability, short circuit coordination and dynamic simulation studies; and design of the collector system.

Wanda Reder, vice president of power systems services at S&C, said: “As communities around the world look to increase usage of renewable energy, one of the major challenges we face is finding ways to make these new technologies more cost-effective.

“S&C is applying our expertise in integrating renewable plants to identify more efficient ways to install and maintain the electrical connection systems for these plants, and is thus helping to make this cutting-edge technology viable.”