McKinstry expands with holistic solar and storage solutions


McKintry, a national construction and energy services company, helps clients meet their climate and sustainability goals through an integrated suite of energy and building services that now includes solar photovoltaic, distributed power generation, battery storage systems, geothermal, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, community solar and more. Among the projects, McKinstry has an energy saving contract with Denver Public Schools.

As part of the company Action for impact plan To address the climate, affordability and equity crises, McKinstry focuses its services on transforming the built environment by breaking down barriers for organizations striving for a zero-carbon future. McKinstry’s renewable energy team has successfully designed, built and maintained rooftop, canopy and ground solar and storage projects for city and county governments, K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, healthcare facilities and others.

“Interest in decarbonization and renewable energy is burgeoning as leaders across the country attempt to set bold, aggressive zero-carbon targets,” said Jeff Hughes, director of Renewable Energy Services at McKinstry. “We see opportunities to offer robust renewable energy options in almost every market and help customers find creative solutions that not only meet their budget and infrastructure needs, but also their sustainability goals.”

In the last three years alone, McKinstry has expanded its renewable energy team his first two shots to a team of 20 professionals who have received projects ranging in size from 500 kW to 15 MW in 14 states. Projects like:

  • Public Schools in Denver: Partnered with district on energy savings contract to upgrade critical systems and add 5 MW of solar power to 17 schools totaling more than 3.8 million square feet. The project continues to deliver $1.5 million in annual O&M cost savings each year.
  • Howard CountyArkansas: Installed a 308 kW solar array in conjunction with energy upgrades and retrofits bringing the county close to net zero energy. The county will generate as much energy as it uses each year, at no extra charge to taxpayers.
  • School District of Salt Lake City: Partnering with the district on its goal to achieve clean, renewable electricity by 2030 and overall carbon neutrality by 2040. The project will achieve a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by electrifying two primary schools and installing more than 1 MW of solar power in six schools.
  • State University of WinonaWinona, Minn.: Completion of a solar energy project that will result in a 23.8% reduction in operating costs and total savings of $26 million over the 25 year life of the project.
  • Partnered with the Northwest Colorado Regional Government: Completion of 13 new solar installations erected in eight local government agencies in Northwest Colorado. This collaboration supports the country’s goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2040.
  • Climate Pledge ArenaSeattle, Washington.: Aspiring to become the world’s first International Living Future Institute-certified zero-carbon arena thanks to McKinstry-installed photovoltaic systems, which will provide more than 1.4 million kWh of renewable electricity per year and 31,000 tons of carbon offsets over the lifetime of the project
  • That catalyst buildingSpokane, Washington.: Part of South Landing Living Laboratorythe Catalyst Building uses a variety of innovative technologies and solutions, such as B. Cross laminated timber, daylighting and airtightness to achieve zero energy and CO2 targets. With a solar array on the roof generating around 300,000 kWh each year, the building’s design ensures that it remains functional without electricity. The Catalyst Building aims to become one of the largest zero-carbon, zero-energy buildings ever certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

Today, McKinstry is a top player in the commercial solar and battery storage market and remains committed to building customer trust by using thoughtful, comprehensive solutions tailored to customer needs and desired outcomes.

Heath Mackay, director of project development at McKinstry, states, “We work with our clients to holistically assess technology and project finance solutions, resulting in projects that truly meet their long-term sustainability and economic goals. By approaching projects with a focus on the customer and their goals, we offer something unique in the market.”

In addition to working on behalf of clients across the US to set the course for a zero-carbon future, McKinstry was also one of the first organizations to do so sign the climate pledge Co-founder of Amazon and Global Optimism. The company has committed to reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 and to reach net-zero carbon by 2030.

Learn more on how McKinstry provides added value and savings to maximize the economic and environmental impact of solar and storage projects.


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