Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CS Energy Completes 33 MW Texas Solar Portfolio

Three utility-scale sites interconnected with two separate utilities
McLennan County, one of the three Texas sites completed by national EPC CS Energy

Edison, NJ, June 30th, 2020 – CS Energy, LLC, a leading integrated energy firm that designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries, has successfully completed a portfolio of solar projects in Texas. At 32.7 MWdc, the portfolio will generate enough renewable energy to power more than 5,000 homes each year.
The Texas portfolio is comprised of three separate properties: a 14.5 MW project located in Brooks County; a 7.3 MW site in McLennan County; and a 10.9 MW project in Menard County. 500 miles separate the three sites, which were developed simultaneously. The Brooks County project utilizes Sunfolding racking and the other two sites utilize Array Technologies trackers. CS Energy provided engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for all three sites and successfully managed the project schedules to ensure the portfolio was delivered on time.  
CS Energy has built nearly one gigawatt of projects across the country, and this is the company’s largest project in Texas to date. The team worked directly with individual landowners to address intricate issues like fencing, and while a harsh environment, distant locations, and supply-chain constraints upped the level of complexity of the portfolio, CS Energy’s experienced leadership was able to overcome each obstacle.

“As a national EPC, it’s imperative that our solar projects meet our rigorous standards no matter the conditions,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of CS Energy. “I’m proud that we have met the challenges of this multifaceted project and am pleased to deliver a solar energy portfolio that will make clean energy more accessible for the residents and businesses of Texas.”
The Texas solar projects provide power directly to two separate utilities, with the McLennan and Menard County sites supplying energy to Oncor Electric Delivery and the Brooks County site delivering solar power to AEP Energy.


About CS Energy
CS Energy, LLC (formerly Conti Solar, LLC) is a national EPC, O&M, and energy storage company. CS Energy’s attention to detail, flawless execution and collaborative culture has enabled them to successfully design and install nearly 1 GW of solar projects since their early initiatives in 2004. CS Energy leverages established partnerships with solar developers, IPPs, utilities, off-takers, suppliers and landowners to streamline project development, design, construction and operations, driving down project costs and creating value across all project stakeholders. Majority-owned by Ares Infrastructure and Power with a minority position retained by The Conti Group, CS Energy is well positioned with a diversified network of industry experts and the financial resources to be a trusted, long-term partner.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Idemitsu Renewables Completes $60 Million Financing for 50 Megawatt Central 40 Solar Project in California

Foundation piles being driven during construction of Central 40, Idemitsu Renewables’ utility-scale solar project a few hours southeast of San Jose, CA.
SAN FRANCISCO — June 29, 2020 — Idemitsu Renewables, the US-based renewable energy business of Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd, announced today it has closed on debt financing for its 50 MWp Central 40 solar project in Stanislaus County, California.
Debt financing was provided by KeyBank National Association. KeyBanc Capital Markets served as sole arranger of the financing.
“This project expands Idemitsu Renewables’ operating business in California,” said Cary Vandenberg, Managing Director of Idemitsu Renewables. “We were happy to build upon our existing relationship with KeyBank and to close a successful transaction even amidst the difficulty of the current COVID environment.”
“As a part of our continuing support for renewable energy, we are pleased to support the growth of Idemitsu Renewables’ solar business in California,” said Andrew Redinger, Manager Director & Group Head, Utilities Power & Renewables at KeyBanc Capital Markets.
The renewable power generated by Central 40 will be sold through a power purchase agreement with Silicon Valley Power, which serves the City of Santa Clara.
About Idemitsu Renewables (formerly Solar Frontier Americas)
Idemitsu Renewables, the U.S. based renewable energy subsidiary of Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd, is a leading solar and storage developer and IPP. The company acquires, develops, owns, and operates utility-scale solar power generation plants; selling the clean energy to help communities both economically and ecologically live in healthier environments. With offices in California and Nevada, Idemitsu Renewables continues to develop its growing pipeline of energy projects. Learn more at https://idemitsurenewables.com/.
About KeyCorp
KeyCorp’s (NYSE: KEY) roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $141.5 billion at March 31, 2019. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,100 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit www.key.com. KeyBank is Member of FDIC.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

CS Energy Announces Completion of the Largest Landfill Solar-Plus-Storage Project in Massachusetts


National EPC delivers complex solar plus storage project in just four months

Edison, NJ, June 23, 2020 CS Energy, LLC, a leading integrated energy firm that designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries, announced its successful completion of a 4.5 MWdc solar project installed with a 3.8 MWh lithium-ion storage solution on a landfill cap site located in Amesbury, Massachusetts. The largest solar plus storage system to be completed to date is part of a partnership between the City of Amesbury and Kearsarge Energy, an award-winning New England based renewable energy developer and financier who is actively building out its energy storage portfolio.
With close to 1 GW of solar installed to date, including over 160 MW of landfill solar installations, CS Energy is a leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company. The organization is ranked in the top 20 Solar Contractors in the US by Solar Power World and named the #1 commercial solar installer by Wood Mackenzie with leading market share in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. This project was one of the first solar plus energy storage projects to participate in the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program.
“CS Energy has a significant market share in the solar-plus-storage business. We are strategically scaling up our energy storage division and growing our register of successfully completed projects,” shared Sean Harrington, Director of Energy Storage of CS Energy. “Our background and experience in landfill solar enable us to foresee challenges and expedite projects. It’s another testament to our energy storage team’s capabilities and dedication.”
“As the owner and operator of the Amesbury landfill project, it was critical that Kearsarge Energy partner with a sophisticated and experienced EPC firm capable of navigating the complexities of landfill solar projects,” said Andrew the Bernstein, Managing Partner of Kearsarge Energy. “CS Energy’s reputation and extensive experience in this specific field, along with its commitments to quality and safety, made the project an unequivocal success.”
CS Energy is a market leader with over 130 MWh of energy storage projects installed or underway in four states. Designing and constructing the Amesbury solar plus storage system required experience in building projects within the allowable limits of the cap design, as well as with the allowable limits of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Post-Closure Use Permit (PCUP). The firm’s advanced capabilities and extensive onsite overview enabled the project to meet critical PCUP requirements, including not exceeding the 7-psi ground pressure limit for all activities on the landfill cap. Each construction activity, delivery, and the battery energy storage system was evaluated and designed by CS Energy and approved by an independent engineer for DEP compliance. The result of these efforts is a well-designed solar-plus-storage system that will generate clean, renewable energy (from a previously unusable site) for decades to come.
The Amesbury project went live in January 2020 and is expected to produce 5,600 MWh of electricity each year. To learn more about this landfill solar + energy storage project, visit https://www.csenergy.com/project/amesbury-landfill-solar-plus-storage/.



About CS Energy
CS Energy, LLC (formerly Conti Solar, LLC) is a national EPC, O&M, and energy storage company. CS Energy’s attention to detail, flawless execution and collaborative culture has enabled them to successfully design and install nearly GW of solar projects since their early initiatives in 2004. CS Energy leverages established partnerships with solar developers, IPPs, utilities, off-takers, suppliers, and landowners to streamline project development, design, construction and operations, driving down project costs and creating value across all project stakeholders. Majority-owned by Ares Infrastructure and Power with a minority position retained by The Conti Group, CS Energy is well positioned with a diversified network of industry experts and the financial resources to be a trusted, long-term partner.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

CS Energy Named Nation’s Top Commercial Solar Installer


Company has 10 percent of U.S. market share
Edison, NJ, May 27, 2020 – CS Energy, LLC, a leading integrated energy firm that designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries, has been named the nation’s number-one commercial solar installer by global research firm Wood Mackenzie. With more than 10 percent of the market share, CS Energy installed as much as the second- and third-ranked companies combined.
“2019 was a transformative year for our company,” shared Matthew Skidmore, CEO of CS Energy. “Our experience, bankability, and successful track record of successfully building increasingly larger projects have positioned us as a major player in the solar energy market—and we plan to keep progressing.”
Wood Mackenzie’s US PV Leaderboard also determined that CS Energy was the top installer in three separate states for 2019, having installed nearly 90 MW in New Jersey, 57 MW in New York, and 29 MW in Massachusetts. CS Energy’s growth in the Northeast has been strategic: the company expanded its team by 20 percent last year and is on track to perform several major solar projects in 2020, including the largest solar plant in New Jersey.
Wood Mackenzie ranked CS Energy as the lead commercial solar installer with a national market share of 8.1 percent through Q3 2019. As the year closed, the firm installed an incredible 16.9 percent of all US solar energy projects, ending the year with 10.7 percent of the national market.
More details about the Wood Mackenzie ranking can be found here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

CS Energy Completes Construction of New Jersey’s Largest Solar Plant


This Project provides 28.5MW of clean, renewable energy 

Edison, NJ, May 18, 2020 – CS Energy, LLC, a leading integrated energy firm that designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries, has successfully completed the largest solar project in New Jersey. The project owner, Ben Moreell Solar Farm, LLC and Department of the Navy (DON) executed a lease for approximately 170 acres of underutilized land for the purpose of constructing a 28.5 MW ground-mount project located at Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWS Earle) in Tinton Falls. CS Energy designed, procured and installed the power plant, creating a custom worksite that allowed for a streamlined construction process while still maintaining the base’s high security standards. CS Energy’s team of local workers safely installed an impressive 4,000 solar panels each day at the height of construction. Currently, the second phase of the project is underway. As in-kind consideration, CS Energy will install a separate behind the meter solar system that will connect directly to the NWS Earle utility grid, providing DON with renewable energy to support operations.

As part of the Navy’s energy resiliency initiative, the Ben Moreell Solar Farm on NWS Earle was established. Owned by Vitol Green Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of global energy and commodities company Vitol Holdings B.V., the solar project will be tied directly to the local utility grid. In case of emergency, and with further investment, the clean power plant can be modified to power the base, which has a combined workforce of more than 1,500 civilian, military and contractor personnel.

“With close to 1 GW of solar capacity installed worldwide, CS Energy is a proven partner for delivering solar power projects that maximize use of the terrain while offering high levels of output,” said R. Andrew de Pass, Head of Renewables for Vitol Inc. “Their attention to safety, efficiency and customer service enabled us to deliver the NWS Earle project in record time.”

CS Energy’s efficiency stems in part from its deep experience with designing and building solar and storage projects on U.S. military bases. The NWS Earle plant is one of the firm’s largest; in total, CS Energy has installed more than 80 MW of solar energy projects on U.S. bases across the globe.

“Having access to reliable, sustainable and renewable sources of energy, like solar power, helps our Navy improve our energy security, operational capability, strategic flexibility and resource availabilities,” said Capt. Pierre A. Fuller, Commanding Officer, NWS Earle. “We are equally pleased this is the largest solar project in the state, to date, and it contributes to New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan.”

The Ben Morrell project contributes to New Jersey’s 2020 Energy Master Plan, which aims to garner 100 percent of its energy from renewable, carbon-neutral sources by 2050. The Energy Master Plan is the first of a series of monumental steps to ensure that the state generates and manages its energy supply in a way that is consistent with economic, climate, and societal demands.

“I’m proud of our team for once again safely complying with heightened military regulations and delivering a turnkey solar project,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of CS Energy. “We are honored to help the US Navy, Vitol, and our home state of New Jersey increase their use of solar power.”

About CS Energy
CS Energy, LLC (formerly Conti Solar, LLC) is a national EPC, O&M, and energy storage company. CS Energy’s attention to detail, flawless execution and collaborative culture has enabled them to successfully develop and install over 820 MW of solar projects since their early initiatives in 2004. CS Energy’s leverage established partnerships with solar developers, IPPs, utilities, off-takers, suppliers and landowners to streamline project development, design, construction and operations, driving down project costs and creating value across all project stakeholders. Majority-owned by Ares Infrastructure and Power with a minority position retained by The Conti Group, CS Energy is well positioned with a diversified network of industry experts and the financial resources to be a trusted, long-term partner. Visit https://csenergy.com for more information.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

CS Energy Announces New Website Launch


CS Energy’s new website focuses on the company’s mission to deliver high-value projects to our customers with safety, quality, and certainty at the forefront.

Edison, NJ, May 05, 2020 — CS Energy, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, recently announced the launch of its newly redesigned website.

The company’s upgraded website offers CS Energy’s customers and partners a clear and comprehensive overview of the company’s service offerings and history as a leading solar and energy storage company. The site also highlights numerous case studies including completed energy storage, landfill, carport, rooftop, and ground-mount solar projects. With this site upgrade visitors are able to experience the sites’ increased functionality, higher performance, and easier navigation with standardized and more interactive page layouts.

“Our primary goal during the redesign process was to ensure our website accurately reflects our brand and our growing leadership within the solar and energy storage markets,” said Kevin Magayah, CS Energy’s Vice President of Business Development.  “Through this new website, we can showcase our vast knowledge, experience, and expertise to the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries.”

CS Energy’s new website will be updated regularly with the latest news regarding project launches, key business activities, corporate milestones, awards, and events. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and reach out to the company for any additional inquires at https://csenergy.com.

About CS Energy
CS Energy, LLC (formerly Conti Solar, LLC) is a national EPC, O&M, and energy storage company. CS Energy’s attention to detail, flawless execution and collaborative culture has enabled them to successfully develop and install over 820 MW of solar projects since their early initiatives in 2004. CS Energy’s leverage established partnerships with solar developers, IPPs, utilities, off-takers, suppliers and landowners to streamline project development, design, construction and operations, driving down project costs and creating value across all project stakeholders. Majority-owned by Ares Infrastructure and Power with a minority position retained by The Conti Group, CS Energy is well positioned with a diversified network of industry experts and the financial resources to be a trusted, long-term partner.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Solar FlexRack Celebrates 10 Years of Successful Solar Projects Installed with its Reliable Solar Tracker and Mounting Solutions

One of the first solar projects installed with Solar FlexRack’s original racking technology is a 39-megawatt project in Ontario.

Youngstown, OH, April 29, 2020 - Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, announced today that the company is celebrating 10 years of solar projects successfully installed with the company’s solar tracker and mounting solutions. In December of 2009, Solar FlexRack installed its first fixed tilt racking solution and since then has reached a solar tracker and racking install product footprint of over two and a half gigawatts across 40 states and five countries. The company has over 100 megawatts installed in the Georgia REDI program and over 200 solar tracker installations completed or in construction across North America.

“We’ve overcome a lot of challenges in the past ten years by partnering with our customers and listening to their needs. We created products and services to give them a competitive edge in the solar market. Our commitment to our clients, and the reputation we have earned because of it, have been the cornerstone of our business. We’d like to commemorate this milestone by thanking our customers and committing to another 10 years of partnering together for their success,” commented Ken Mack, CEO of Solar FlexRack. 

The company supplied its first solar racking solution with original racking technology that offered the optimal combination of steel and aluminum to produce the lightest possible rack while maintaining maximum strength.  In the last 4 years, Solar FlexRack has expanded its product offering with value-engineered product designs that include a series of solar tracker models, and a scope of foundation solutions from pre-cast and cast-in-place (CIP) ballasts to ground screws. The diverse selection of racking products provides EPCs and utility and commercial installers with more choices to precisely meet their system requirements. The company has earned a reputation for delivering reliability not only in its solar tracker and racking products but through its engineering and project services that can reduce project risks and costs.

Last year Solar FlexRack made significant changes to its supply chain resulting in meaningful cost-efficiencies that they were then able to pass on to customers. The company has focused on scaling their business to better serve the utility-scale market. Solar FlexRack supplied over 500 MW of solar tracking and mounting products in the last year including a 105 MW project in North Carolina, a 50 MW project in Connecticut, and a 28 MW landfill solar project in New Jersey.



About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracking systems in the commercial and utility-scale solar mounting industries. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation and provide a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed over 2 GW of solar racking installations in 40 states across America and five countries globally.  For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Solar FlexRack Reaches 200 Solar Tracker Installations in North America as Tracker Market Growth Continues


Youngstown, OH, March 31, 2020 – Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, announced today the company has reached 200 solar tracker installations either completed or in construction of its TDP 2.0 model. The company currently has solar tracker projects in 18 states, working closely with leading solar developers and engineering, procurement & construction firms.
Solar FlexRack’s average selling price of solar trackers fell in 2019 due to supply chain shifts and a restructuring of its internal processes. The footprint of their tracker technology gained in size as projects delivered proven field performance. With a demonstrated track record of reliability, their products have organically scaled up in project size.
“According to GTM Research, North American solar tracker installations are expected to more than double from now to 2024. Solar FlexRack is prepared to meet that demand with a selection of solar tracker solutions to meet project requirements, a world-class engineering team and a competitive pricing model,” commented Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Solar FlexRack.
Building on their turnkey offering of full design, installation and commissioning services, including their reliable solar tracking and mounting products that provide unsurpassed reliability and cost efficiencies, Solar FlexRack is rapidly expanding its tracker business into the large-scale solar market.
About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracking systems in the commercial and utility-scale solar mounting industries. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation and provide full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed over 2 GW of solar racking installations in 40 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.