Walsh/2-in-1 Joint Venture Awarded Two Chicago Red Line Contracts Worth 176.7m
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has awarded two construction contracts to replace and expand the Wilson and 95th/Dan Ryan stations as it seeks to modernise the Red Line.
The contract for the Wilson station is worth $153.6 million and that for initial foundation and retaining wall work on the 95th/Dan Ryan station is $23.1 million.
Both were awarded to Walsh/2-in-1 Joint Venture following separate bidding processes, CTA officials said in a press release.
"The Red Line is the backbone of the CTA rail system, carrying nearly 40 percent of all rail rides," said CTA President Forrest Claypool. "These investments will benefit not only the thousands of customers who use them each day, but also the surrounding communities."
The $203 million Wilson project involves replacing the deteriorated station house, built in 1923, with a new, modern and accessible station that also will serve as a new transfer point between Red and Purple Line service.
Work also includes the reconstruction of 2,200 feet of century-old elevated track, signals and supporting infrastructure that will be relocated from the street and sidewalks along Broadway and Wilson to the west.
The station work will be done within the footprint of the existing station in the Uptown Square Historic District. Construction is expected to begin late this year.
The new $240 million 95th Street/Dan Ryan station project will replace and expand the existing structure, which was built in 1969.
The station averages 20,000 customers on weekdays and serves as both the southern terminal of the Red Line and a bus terminal for more than 1,000 weekday CTA and Pace bus trips.
The new construction will replace the existing, cramped station with two station buildings, one north and one south of 95th Street. Work on this project is expected to begin in Q4 2014.
Both projects are funded by a mixture of federal, state and local money, and are undertaken as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ‘Building a New Chicago program’ with additional support from the Illinois Jobs Now program.
Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain
Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.
During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.
Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.
Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.
Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.
According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.
The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.