Black & Veatch and Brightergy have formed a strategic alliance to develop $100 million in solar energy projects over the next three years. Part of the alliance includes Black & Veatch installing solar photovoltaic (PV) commercial rooftop systems in the Kansas City Metro area. The venture also will extend its reach into other parts of the United States to address the growing demand for renewable energy.  

Brightergy serves as the project developer and provides sales, marketing and financing resources. Black & Veatch applies engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and consulting experience, allowing for a complete solution for clients. The venture will target commercial-scale PV solar rooftop projects generally ranging from 25 kW to 2 MW.

The U.S. solar market is in a period of rapid growth. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, more than 4,400 MW of PV power will come online during 2013. This is in addition to 8,500 MW of installed solar electric capacity. The new resources equal enough power to serve more than 1.3 million average American homes.