Pine Gate Renewables launches separate EPC biz, acquires Horne Brothers Construction

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Pine Gate Renewables has launched Blue Ridge Power, a new EPC company that will house Pine Gate’s current EPC operations. In connection with the launch, Blue Ridge Power simultaneously acquired the solar division of Horne Brothers Construction, one of the largest and highest-rated mechanical and civil contractors in the country. With the addition of the Horne Brothers team, Blue Ridge Power will be one of the largest independent solar energy EPC companies in the U.S. with full-scale capabilities including engineering, pre-construction, construction and operational management of solar energy assets.

The Blue Ridge Power team will be led by CEO Chris Dunbar and a management team consisting of key members from the Pine Gate EPC team combined with senior leadership at Horne Brothers Construction. Jack and Charles Horne will remain with the company after the acquisition in strategic leadership roles. Following the spinoff, Blue Ridge Power will have a continued partnership with Pine Gate, serving as their exclusive EPC contractor. Pine Gate Renewables expects to construct more than 5GW of projects over the next three years.

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“This strategic shift allows us to serve a broader market and cater to the needs of clients looking for a turnkey project solution,” said Chris Dunbar. “With a completely integrated team we bring a very competitive product to the market. We’re excited about the continued growth of the solar industry and the role that Blue Ridge Power will play in the ongoing energy transition for a cleaner planet.”

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As a combined entity, Blue Ridge Power has:

  • Over 5GW across an 8-year span of utility construction experience
  • 700MW currently under construction with 2,500MW forecasted for 2021/2022
  • 550+ employees
  • Constructed projects in 17 states across the country

“We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with the team at Blue Ridge Power to execute our solar construction projects across the country,” said Ben Catt, CEO of Pine Gate Renewables.

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