Local officials cut the ribbon on Cypress Creek's IS 46 solar site in Hope Mills, NC

Creating New Opportunities for Communities


We're proud to be a part of the growing solar industry that provides new revenue for communities, generates affordable, clean power, and creates jobs.

As the solar energy industry grows, we look forward to partnering with communities across the country. Relationships matter.


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What is a Solar Farm?

A solar farm is a site that hosts a grid of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are secured to ground-mounted metal racks.

The power generated at our solar farms is fed into the electric grid, providing clean and affordable energy to communities.


Development Cycle


Proven Track Record and Process for Success



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Once a site has been identified as a potential location for solar development, we work with the landowners on leases or purchase agreements.

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Planning a site involves a great deal of due diligence, from surveys and environmental impact reports, to engineering and zoning research and applications. Environmental and cultural studies, utility interconnection, and commercial agreements to sell the power are all major milestones that must be achieved before construction can begin.

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Preparing a solar farm for construction is typically the work of the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction group. The EPC team creates civil, electrical and structural plan and orders the necessary equipment. Once in construction, the team oversees contractor hiring, schedules and budget.

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After construction, the system’s electrical components are reviewed, tested and commissioned for use. Upon approval of necessary systems, a site is energized and extensive performance testing is completed.

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Completion of the solar farm includes the final punch list closeout, with the exit of the construction crew and re-seeding and landscaping of the site.

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Once a site is up and running, Operations and Maintenance oversees site performance and regular maintenance. Solar farms typically produce energy for 40 years or more.

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Good Neighbors


Our Good Neighbor Commitment

We seek to establish sustainable relationships with our community partners. We focus our community engagement efforts on four focus areas: Environmental Sustainability, STEM Education and Workforce Development, Economic Development and Community Investment, and Veterans Initiatives.






WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND STEM EDUCATION

Investing in the Solar Energy Workforce


We partner with technical and community colleges across the US to create, support and promote solar job training, with a focus on bringing more women, minorities and veterans into the industry. Our aim is to strengthen the U.S. energy workforce through proactive investment in job training and workforce development through scholarships, guest lectures, in-field classroom experiences and equipment donations.

Cypress Creek is part of an initiative led by The Solar Foundation that was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for a grant to support and advance a high-quality solar workforce. We are excited for this opportunity to expand the momentum of our partnerships.

We also provide funding for k-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming, through partnerships with school districts where our projects are located. By contributing to STEM programming, we strive to empower the next generation of the solar energy workforce.


CASE STUDY

Cypress Creek Brings Renewable STEM Education to Klamath Falls, Oregon

Cypress Creek has partnered with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to bring renewable energy educator workshops, renewable energy curriculum development and interactive classroom science kits and materials to Klamath County School District. The partnership will provide high-impact classroom experiences that will benefit the next generation of solar leaders.


CASE STUDY

Cypress Creek Announces Partnership with Mott Community College

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Cypress Creek has joined forces with Mott Community College to invest in Michigan’s solar energy workforce. The initiative establishes a Solar Program Fund at Mott Community College with a $20,000 grant from Cypress Creek Renewables. The new fund will assist Mott Community College in developing programming around renewable energy coursework, as well as providing scholarships for students pursuing careers in solar energy. Cypress Creek’s grant will focus on providing assistance to women, veterans and ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce.



“We are thrilled to launch our first partnership with a solar company and specifically with Cypress Creek, a national leader in solar. As solar grows across Michigan, our community will be prepared to fill these jobs.”

Mott Community College President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea



Environmental Sustainability

Taking Care of the Environment Is Part of the Job


Cypress Creek develops programs and supports organizations that work to conserve natural resources for future generations.

As part of our Solar + Pollinator Initiative, we plant native, pollinator-friendly plants within many of our solar farms to provide foraging habitat for important pollinator insects and species in critical need of our protection.

Co-locating pollinator friendly vegetation on solar farms can bring benefits to nearby agricultural activities which are dependent upon pollinator services.

Following a year-long pilot program, Cypress Creek has committed to designing 100% of the solar farms we develop in the state of New York as pollinator-friendly.




Case Study

Cypress Creek Renewables Announces Maryland’s First Solar Array Inspired by Maryland’s Pollinator-Friendly Solar Legislation


In 2017, Cypress Creek announced Maryland’s first pollinator solar array inspired by Maryland’s statewide legislation supporting pollinator-friendly solar sites. We have planted species of native long-stemmed and short-growing flowers that support pollinators, including bees and birds. The site is also unique in that it hosts honey-producing beehives. Energy produced at Baker Point solar facility in Frederick, Maryland is used to power National Geographic’s headquarters and the Capital One Arena, both in Washington, DC.





VETERANS INITIATIVES

Empowering Veterans to Enter the Solar Industry

Cypress Creek works to give back to programs that support our employees and neighbors that make our world safer. As a part of our Workforce Development and STEM Education program, we seek to provide training for future solar work in active or emerging markets


Case Study

Veterans Healing Farm

Located near our Asheville office in Hendersonville, NC, the Veterans Healing Farm has a mission “to serve our nation's veterans by growing and donating high-quality fruits, vegetables, and flower bouquets to veterans and their caregivers free of charge.” Our employees have volunteered twice at the farm, preparing the land for planting and surfaces for painting.



Resources for Our Neighbors and Partners

FAQS BY STATE

For more information about Cypress Creek Renewables and solar farm development in your region, we’ve provided FAQs that cover state-specific solar questions, policies, and resources


Brochure

Our Company Overview brochure provides information about our team, mission, and solar farm sites.