Solar Power International 2017 One Minute Video Interviews at SPI2017

Ted Burhans
Director, Renewable Energy Resources
Tuscon Electric Power

Do you see a trend toward utilities adopting a design-build-transfer approach to solar?

I certainly see the design build on our side, maybe not the transfer piece but over the past few years, we have gone more towards a model of being our own design build contractor for large scale plants. We used to just focus solely on contracting with EPC’s that would do all the work, but now we’ve really taken it a step further and said that renewable assets are really no different than traditional generating assets, so we can go out and design the plants, procure the panels, inverters, racking and then manage construction and keep it all within our own kind of portfolio and jobs.