Castillo Engineering secures 56 MW of community solar projects in Illinois

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Castillo Engineering kicked off Q1 of 2024 by securing three portfolios of community solar projects in Illinois. Castillo was selected as the engineer of record (EOR) for the portfolios, which total 56 MW across 14 projects.

The portfolios consist of three projects for a total of 23 MW with Recon Corp.; seven projects for a total of 21 MW, and four projects for a total of 12 MW. All of these fixed-tilt, bifacial solar module projects will leverage Castillo’s in-house civil, electrical, structural, and power system studies services alongside its Project Management Office (PMO). The projects are expected to be completed by Q1 of 2025.

“We continue to select Castillo due to their extensive experience in the region completing projects cost effectively and efficiently,” said Scott Walker, president at Recon. “The fact that Castillo has all engineering disciplines, civil, electrical and structural, in-house has helped to streamline and reduce costs on all of the projects we have completed in Illinois together.”

Over the past four years, Illinois has tripled the amount of installed community solar capacity in the state. In response to the high demand for utility-scale solar design and engineering services in the region, Castillo has been able to significantly increase its capacity to handle additional projects over the past several years, including through the addition of its PMO. The firm has also successfully integrated its civil engineering services in order to provide a one-stop shop for its clients. Castillo attributes its consistent growth, in part, to adding its civil engineering division, which has been used in 650 percent more projects since initially added to the firm’s offerings a year ago.

“We’re grateful that the market has been receptive to our service offerings, which span all relevant disciplines for large-scale solar projects, and continues to recognize our over three decades of design and engineering expertise,” said Christopher Castillo, CEO at Castillo Engineering. “We look forward to finding further efficiencies with these three project portfolios and deepening our experience throughout the Midwest.”

Founded in 1998, Castillo Engineering is a leading large-scale design and engineering firm that delivers expertise in full service solar and energy storage design, engineering, and consulting services to developers, EPC contractors and utility companies.

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