SMA understands that the transition to renewable energy will transform our economy and our society.

We're committed to playing a valuable role in this transformation by providing professional services that support the development and operation of commercial- and utility-scale renewable energy projects throughout the Southwest.


In the 38+ years SMA has provided planning, environmental, survey, and engineering services throughout the southwest, we've put down deep roots. SMA's professionals have extensive local expertise and established working relationships with key people in local/state/federal agencies, municipal and tribal governments, utilities, and with contractors. These relationships continually prove critical to the success of our clients' renewable energy projects.

Full Range of Services

SMA provides a full range of services to support all phase of renewable energy project development and operation, including:

Planning & Environmental Services
  • Strategic Project Planning
  • Permitting Plans
  • Transaction Screen Report
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
  • Cultural Resources
  • Wetland Delineation
  • Biological Resources Assessment
  • Local Jurisdiction Land Use Permitting
  • Environmental Permitting and Regulatory Compliance
  • Landscape Plans
  • Fencing Plans
  • Negotiation of Landowner Agreements
  • Negotiation of Power Purchase Agreements
  • Electric Utility Coordination and Interconnection
  • Public Outreach
  • Procurement Support
  • Telemetry/Control Automation
Civil Engineering Services
  • Preliminary Civil Engineering Site Assessment
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Hydrologic & Hydraulic Analysis and Drainage Report
  • Data collection and Feasibility Assessment
  • Horizontal Control Plans
  • Construction Detailing
  • SWPPP and On-Site Inspections
  • Post-Construction Civil Engineering
Structural Engineering Services
  • Structural analysis
  • Structural design
Transportation Engineering Services
  • Transportation Feasibility Assessment
  • Transportation Planning and Permitting
Geomatics Services
  • Topographic Survey
  • Boundary Survey
  • ALTA Survey
  • Construction Staking
Geotechnical Services
  • SMA can provide geotechnical services through our affiliate, Inberg-Miller Engineers (IME). IME has an office in Greely Colorado, from which they mobilize equipment and staff to perform geotechnical work in the Southwest. Visit IME Website

Past Experience

Clines Corners Wind Farm - Guadalupe and Torrance Counties, NM

SMA provided extensive planning services to support development of the 1,000 MW Clines Corners Wind Farm and Transmission Line Project in Guadalupe and Torrance counties, New Mexico. SMA coordinated with the client and multiple permitting entities to identify permitting requirements, prepare required application materials, and facilitate necessary approvals and authorizations. For this high-profile project, SMA was responsible for country land use/zoning permitting and New Mexico Department of Transportation right-of-way permitting. SMA also provided critical support to secure approval from the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission and to facilitate the county Industrial Revenue Bond process.

SunZia Transmission and Wind Project - Central New Mexico

Under a contract with Logistics Group, SMA provided survey and engineering services and permit coordination to support development of a 3,000 MW wind project. SMA's services for this project include topographic surveys, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), site construction

Jicarilla West Solar Project - Jicarilla Apache Nation

Under a contract with Affordable Solar, SMA is providing environmental, survey, and civil engineering services to support development of this 50 MW solar facility. SMA's environmental services include coordination with Affordable Solar to submit Notices of Intent in compliance with U.S. EPA NPDES requirements, and preparation of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. SMA's survey services include aerial orthography, topography, boundary survey, and construction staking. SMA's civil engineering services include coordination with Affordable Solar's design team, hydraulic analysis of the site and preparation of a drainage report and civil construction plans, including grading and drainage plans for construction.

Red Horse Solar Project - Cochise County, AZ

SMA was contracted by the original project developer, Torch Clean Energy, LLC., and has since continued work for the current owner, D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, LLC. SMA has provided boundary surveying services for the acquisition of right-of-way and land leases from the Arizona State Land Department as well as land purchases and easements from private landowners. During the project design and construction phases, SMA provided Swinerton Renewable Energy, LLC., with topographic and construction staking services as well as QA/QC surveying. SMA also performed construction surveying and layout services for project roadways and operations and maintenance buildings (for Rummell Construction, Inc., and for 4-L Construction, Inc., respectively). Upon completion of Phase I of the project, SMA performed the as-built ALTA surveys for D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, LLC.

Let's Work Together

Sustainable development is part of the core approach for SMA and is an increasingly integral part of every endeavor. From concept to construction, SMA has provided support services to make our client's renewable energy projects a reality.

We're ready to discuss how SMA's professional services can meet your renewable project needs.

Please contact us for more information:
Dale Lyons
(505) 473-9211 (office)
(505) 699-4622 (mobile);