Castillo Engineering and RECON Corporation, a Midwestern EPC and solar contractor, have partnered on a 15 MW portfolio of five community solar projects in Illinois.
Each of the 3 MW projects, part of the Illinois Shines or Adjustable Block Program, will use bifacial solar modules and FLEXRACK by Qcells solar trackers to provide pollinator-friendly habitats.
With construction set to begin in Q4 2023, the projects will help both companies achieve a combined target of over 200 MW or 60 community solar projects in Illinois once completed.
Castillo Engineering's team used its expertise to optimize and reduce the cost of mid-voltage equipment through utility fault current insights on all five projects. Moreover, voltage drop and wire sizes for direct current circuits were also minimized after studying the impact of the bifacial modules.
Additionally, the company’s civil engineering team was able to utilize existing conditions, thereby reducing permitting time and costs for each of the projects.
"We selected Castillo Engineering for these projects due to their extensive community solar experience within Illinois," said Scott Walker, President at RECON Corporation. "Castillo Engineering also offers a streamlined design approach due to their in-house civil and electrical teams, which helps with optimizing designs - from fault current ratings to equipment pad design."