Mortenson Construction Selected by Tessera Solar

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Mortenson to Design and Build Solar Power Generation Projects for Leading Developer

Mortenson Construction is pleased to partner with Tessera Solar for the design and construction of utility-scale projects

Mortenson Construction has been selected by Tessera Solar as an official engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner for the design and construction of the company's solar projects. The selection is the result of an extensive, multi-month search and formal request for proposal process which reviewed the country's leading EPC firms.

Mortenson is currently building Tessera Solar's Maricopa Solar plant in Peoria, Ariz. The 1.5 megawatt project is scheduled to be completed in January 2010. Mortenson will also work on Tessera Solar's projects expected to break ground late next year, including the Western Ranch project in West Texas and Calico - Solar One project in San Bernardino County, Calif., outside of Barstow. The projects will utilize the SunCatcherâ„¢ power system manufactured by Tessera Solar's sister company, Stirling Energy Systems, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mortenson was chosen to build the large-scale solar plants based on several factors including health and safety program experience, quality assurance and control programs, project methodology and design build experience, among other selection criteria.

"Through a vigorous and methodical supplier criteria evaluation we chose Mortenson Construction as a partner to build Tessera Solar's solar farms. This process encompassed a 20-item scoring evaluation that included safety, value-added engineering, QA/QC programming, and engineering experience. In the end Mortenson demonstrated a high total score and we chose them to assist us in making the SunCatcher a force in the solar space. On top of this criteria analysis, I have experience working with Mortenson in the renewable energy space for over 8 years and Mortenson has always delivered with quality and professionalism." said Tony Dorazio, chief operating officer of Tessera Solar.

Since entering the renewable energy market in 1995, Mortenson has become a leading builder of wind power projects in North America. Today, Mortenson has been involved in the construction of more than 80 wind power projects, totaling more than 8,000 megawatts across the U.S. and Canada. Mortenson currently employs more than 2,200 people nationwide with dedicated teams to help deliver renewable energy projects to its growing list of customers.

"Mortenson Construction is pleased to partner with Tessera Solar for the design and construction of utility-scale projects," said Mark Donahue, general manager of Mortenson's Renewable Energy Groups. "There are very few opportunities in the renewable energy industry today like this, and the project objectives are in perfect alignment with the skills we have developed in wind power and with our planned growth in the renewable energy market. We believe the goals of this program are important to the country and to the communities in which the projects will be located, and we are proud to be a part of it."

Engineering News-Record ranked Mortenson 22nd in the 2009 Top 400 Contractors listing. The company is ranked 11th in Power with 100 percent of this sector's revenue coming from renewable energy.

About Mortenson Construction
Founded in 1954, Mortenson Construction is a U.S.-based, family-owned construction company. As one of the nation's top builders, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and turn-key development.

Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Seattle with international operations in Canada and China.

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