Solar engineering firm Castillo Engineering and construction contractor BioStar Renewables will work together to build a 15-MW solar farm which will power a new renewable diesel production plant in Kansas.
The on-site power project will be completed sometime in the second quarter, according to reports. Castillo Engineering will provide electrical design and engineering for the behind-the-meter solar farm currently under construction.
“We chose Castillo Engineering for this project because they have proven themselves to be an exceptional partner on the variety of projects they have supported us with in several different states," said David Smart, Chief Commercial Officer of BioStar Renewables, which is handling EPC duties on the solar construction. "They are extremely detail oriented during each step of the design process, and we are excited to be able to work with them to provide more sustainable energy for this state-of-the-art renewable diesel plant."\
Renewable diesel is fuel-grade product derived from refining of animal and vegetable fats and oils. Daily annual production is forecast to double from nearly 200,000 barrels per day to nearly 400,000 bpd, or 5.9 billion gallons annually, by 2025, according to the federal Energy Information Administration’s long-term outlook.
Florida-based Castillo Engineering was founded more than 25 years ago and reported its best sales year ever in 2022. The company designed 550 MW of residential, utility-scale and community solar projects over the course of the year, according to the Castillo website.
"We are honored to have been selected by BioStar Renewables for this exceptional project, which is contributing to a more sustainable future in more ways than one," said Christopher Castillo, CEO of Castillo Engineering. "Although we have projects throughout the entire country, we are especially looking forward to providing our design, engineering and site optimization expertise for additional impactful projects in the Midwest region this year and in the years to come."
Renewable EPC firm Solar Generation chose Castillo Engineering last year for design and engineering work on a portfolio of 11 New York community solar projects totaling 75 MW in capacity.
Renewable diesel capacity is opening up and adding scale on several fronts as transportation firms opt for high energy density fuels which can also help to decarbonize their fleets. Pipeline and terminal giant Kinder Morgan put new renewable diesel hubs into operation earlier this year in both the southern and northern ends of California.
Rolls-Royce, Neste, Phillips 66 and U.S. Foods are among those embracing renewable diesel at various points along the transportation fuel supply chain.
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(Rod Walton, senior editor for EnergyTech, is a 15-year veteran of covering the energy industry both as a newspaper and trade journalist. He can be reached at [email protected]).
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