Global engineering and consulting company Wood has expanded its presence in the US renewable energy sector by securing two solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts from an American power and energy company.

The contracts will involve the development of two major solar projects in Virginia,  worth more than $200m. They will have a combined output capacity of 190MW.

The first contract allows the company to develop a 120MW solar facility in Pittsylvania County, which is expected to commence operations in 2022.

The second contract is for a 70MW solar facility in Chesapeake. The company plans for this facility to begin operating next year.

Wood Americas Asset Solutions CEO Stephanie Cox said: “These contracts build on a 10-year relationship with our client, for whom we’ve executed more than 40 projects.

“The awards are a testament to our ability to maintain consistent project execution, deliver to accelerated construction schedules and bring forth a strong EPC proposition and skilled workforce to meet our client’s project goals.

“We are seeing an unstoppable momentum towards a lower-carbon energy environment and Wood is proud to partner with clients that are committed to investing in a sustainable energy future.”

Wood secured the contracts from the American power company following a competitive tender process. It has not disclosed which company awarded the contracts.

Both the facilities are expected to further Virginia’s Clean Economy Act, which was passed on 13 April 2020, mandating the state’s electricity to be 100% carbon-free by 2050.

In April this year, Wood was awarded several engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) onshore wind contracts in the US.