Castillo Provides Engineering Services for ClearPath N.Y. Community Solar Portfolio

ClearPath Energy contracted Castillo Engineering to provide engineering and electrical design for a 38.25MW portfolio of six community-based solar projects in upstate New York. The projects range in size from 4.5 MW up to 7.5MW and are currently in the final stages of construction in central New York. Some of them have achieved mechanical completion. Castillo Engineering’s site optimization expertise resulted in over $200,000 in savings, on average, for each of these projects, which are scheduled to be operational in Q2 of 2022.

“We selected Castillo Engineering due to their team’s hundreds of megawatts of experience in the New York and Massachusetts markets,” says Greg Hering, co-founder and director of development at ClearPath Energy. “They were highly engaged, beginning with the iterative design process through to project as-builts. Their experience was helpful when working with equipment vendors, contractors, and lender’s independent engineers.”

This portfolio of projects in New York joins Castillo Engineering’s array of utility-scale solar projects completed in the Northeastern United States to date. Half of these six projects use solar trackers while the other half use fixed tilt racking. All of them use bifacial modular technology.

“With over 300 utility-scale projects under our belt and over 20 senior level engineers, we are pleased to have the experience and capacity to support the nation’s leading solar EPCs and developers in order to accelerate the global transition to clean energy,” states Christopher Castillo, CEO of Castillo Engineering. “We are glad to have been able to support ClearPath on this portfolio of New York projects, as its team of development experts were extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with.”

This portfolio of projects will support New York in achieving its renewable energy goals, including a target to have 70% of the state’s energy produced from renewable resources by 2030. Three of the projects in this portfolio alone will increase one New York county’s solar capacity by nearly 50%. These six projects will generate enough clean electricity to power 8,700 homes each year.