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Mortenson’s Solar & Emerging Renewables Group Recognized for Outstanding Safety Program

Pictured left to right: Safety Director, Jim Burgess, Safety Manager, Jim Duncan, Sr. Project Manager I, Matt Berry, OSHA Area Director for San Antonio, Alex Porter, Sr. Superintendent I, Ray Bragg, Sr. Superintendent II, Tom Richardson and OCI Solar Power Director of Construction, Chris Sullivan. Picture taken by OSHA Compliance Officer, Raul Carrillo.

Alamo 5 Project Team Partners With Texas OSHA To Promote Effective Worksite-based Safety And Health

On February 26, Alamo 5 Solar project team signed a one-year Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) partnership with Texas OSHA. This is a first-time ever partnership for Mortenson’s Solar & Emerging Renewables group and an incredible accomplishment for project site safety all around. The program is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health program management in the workplace. VPP approval is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

Mortenson is building the 121-megawatt Alamo 5 Solar project for valued customer, OCI Solar Power. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, OCI Solar Power strives to build sources of green power generation, create jobs and increase U.S. energy independence. Currently, OCI is developing 500 megawatts of solar photovoltaic projects nationwide.

Sonya Knipper, OCI Enterprises’ Safety, Health & Training Manager provided glowing remarks following a project site safety assessment just prior to the OSHA VPP approval:

"We can’t express the appreciation for the genuine passion for safety that we observed as we spent the day with the Mortenson team and following the assessment. We are pleased that Mortenson is a growth partner who shares OCI’s core values, care for people and drive for success.”

Alamo 5 Solar is located in Uvalde, Texas, and is currently the world’s largest dual-axis tracker solar system totaling nearly 380,000 modules for the entire site. The project will produce renewable energy for over 36,000 households when completed.

Alamo 5 Project Profile