McCarthy Building Companies Named to Solar Power World’s Top 250 Solar Contractors List

McCarthy Building Companies Sept. 16, 2013

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. ( was recently named to Solar Power World’s Top 250 solar contractors list and was listed at 23 (complete list can be found here: The list ranks applicants according to influence in the residential, commercial and utility solar-installation markets.

“Whether it’s a global enterprise or a family-run business, the 250 companies on our list are chasing after the bright future of solar,” said Frank Andorka, editorial director at Solar Power World. “These contractors have worked hard to build an $11-billion industry, and this is the recognition they deserve.”

Solar Power World magazine is a bi-monthly publication reaching an audience of 13,000 professionals involved in manufacturing, installation, contracting, racking and mounting, policy, inverter technology and solar innovation. The publication is a premier resource for professionals in the solar industry and covers solar news and trends with a focus on technology, development and installation.

McCarthy Southwest, a division of McCarthy Building Companies based in Phoenix, is taking a leadership role within the company and formed a Renewable Energy team to focus on solar installation projects as well as other renewable energy projects.

“Our Renewable Energy team at McCarthy has been working on solar installations for 8 years and we have a combined experience of more than 30 years in the industry,” said Scott Canada, director of the Renewable Energy team at McCarthy Building Companies. “We’re pleased to be included in this list and to continue our work with the companies developing solar projects across the U.S.”

McCarthy has completed several large-scale solar installations in the Southwest, including the 18-megawatt (MW) APS Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend,Ariz., and the 14 MW Hyder II Solar Power Plant located in Hyder, Ariz., which is currently in the late stages of construction.

At the 145-acre facility in Gila Bend, Ariz., crews installed 93,000 single-axis-mounted, silicon photovoltaic panels arranged in 1,662 rows. Crews also installed as many as 500 small-drilled caissons each day in an effort to isolate the panels from thearea’s highly corrosive soils. The project was completed one month ahead ofschedule, with zero recordable incidents during 75,000 man-hours.

In addition to large-scale PV installations, McCarthy has also worked with a number of school districts and universities in the Southwest and California to install smaller-scale solarprojects on school rooftops and parking structures.

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