December 18 2019
CS Energy, LLC (“CS Energy”) a leading integrated energy firm that designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries, is excited to provide its year-end recap highlighting our key developments and accomplishments in 2019. The rapidly expanding company marked the year end with over 820 MW’s of solar projects completed or underway. In Q2 2019, the company successfully executed a complete rebranding, which entailed retiring the former name Conti Solar and subsequent creation and launch of the CS Energy brand identity.
Growth in the energy storage sector played a key role in CS Energy’s 2019 success. The company has deployed 106 MWh of battery storage across 16 projects, utilizing four integrators. Significant storage-based revenue sources included energy arbitrage using energy storage and microgrid deployment.
In addition to the solar+storage projects, CS Energy provided EPC services on solar PV projects across various market segments, including utility-scale, community solar, landfill solar, carportsolar, distributed generation, commercial and industrial.
In Q3 2019, the company announced the completion of the Cinnaminson Township capped-landfill solar project for PSE&G, New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility. The 13 megawatt-dc (MW DC) site is the largest solar development project in Burlington County.
"2019 was filled with many accomplishments across the various business units in the company, from our upfront Engineering to project execution,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO, “our future is bright, thanks to the talented team and key partnerships we have in place, and the stage is set for continued growth in 2020."
CS Energy garnered several prestigious energy industry awards in 2019. The Engineering News Record (ENR) “Regional Best Projects Awards” selected three CS Energy projects; Cinnaminson Landfill Solar Farm in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, was selected as “Best Project” in the Energy/Industrial category for the ENR New York region, Gold Meadow Farms Solar Project, located in Cranston, Rhode Island, was selected as “Best Project” winner in the Energy/Industrial category for the ENR New England region, and the Hill Air Force Base Solar Project, located at the Hill Air Force Base, Utah, was selected as the Merit awardee in the 2019 “Intermountain Best Projects Winners” in the Energy/Industrial category for the ENR Mountain States region.
Solar Power World ranked CS Energy as the “No. 1 solar installer in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island,” on the magazine's “2019 Top Solar Contractors” list and achieving a ranking of 16th overall out of 415 nationwide solar companies.
2019 also marked five years without a recordable injury to an employee, and the CS Energy safety culture won recognition in 2019 from New Jersey’s “91st Annual Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program.”
December 02 2019
“solar+storage” - The What, How, When, Where, and What’s Next…
Written by Saurabh Mishra
According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the term “solar+storage” is defined as “a battery system that is charged by a connected solar system, such as a photovoltaic (PV) one.”
The most fundamental reason why solar power and grid-scale battery storage are entwined in a symbiotic relationship, and described as such, is because solar systems are intermittent in nature and require energy storage systems to “smooth” out the intermittency.
Simply put -- when the sun is not shining, there must be a mechanism that can store captured solar power to use it later.
While demand for utility-scale storage is, itself, not a new trend here in the U.S., the market need for energy storage solutions has dramatically risen over the past few years with the rapid growth of renewable energy projects across the country.
We predict that the energy grid of the future is going to be based on renewable sources, and since renewables produce power with intermittent and varying outputs, that means that continual development of new energy storage solutions will be required in order for renewables generation to operate at a meaningful scale.
How? - The rise of Li-on
There are a wide variety of technologies offering the capability to store energy, including compressed air, flywheel, and a variety of battery chemistries including: Lead-acid, Ni-Cd, sodium, flow, and lithium ion (“Li-ion”). Since CS Energy is a technology agnostic company, we are focused on Li-ion, because thus far, Li-ion is the most reliable and bankable technology, and it has the widest market penetration within the U.S. energy grid (more than 80% of the total installed battery capacity consist of Li-ion batteries).
The benefits of Li-ion technology include high-round trip efficiency, long cycle life, flexibility, fast response times to manage moment-by-moment fluctuations, and high-power density. Additionally, the Li-ion supply chain is bankable and creditworthy, consisting of suppliers who can stand behind their product warranties – a critical requirement to raise capital required to fund projects.
Batteries can get hot, and proper handling and installation of battery modules and racks are critical to ensure a safe installation and operation of the battery system without triggering events like fire. From the Associated Press in June of 2019: “Anytime you store a lot of energy in a small space you’ve got to be very cognizant of the controls that you have to put in place so that energy doesn’t get out when you don’t want it to,” advised Professor Jay Apt, co-director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Electricity Industry Center.
Safety has always been the cornerstone of CS Energy’s role as a leading solar EPC and that extends to our projects in the battery storage space. We are happy to see that the storage sector is, increasingly, considering safety as one of the most important factors, which is driving the move towards standardization (i.e. UL 9540A , NFPA 855) and more detailed fire safety checks in coordination with AHJs (Authority Having Jurisdictions) all of which are critical to mitigate safety and fire risk.
When? First, a little bit of history….
Grid-scale battery storage systems did not occupy an obviously profitable place within the tightly regulated utility-scale generation/distribution energy ecosystem. The sea change that “powered” the rise of grid-scale battery storage in the U.S. took place in 2011, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 755, which opened up the market for battery storage by calling for more equitable treatment for fast-responding resources, (such as li-on batteries) in the frequency regulation market.
In 2012, the PJM Interconnection (PJM) -- the regional transmission organization that operates the electricity grid across 13 mid-Atlantic states and D.C. -- implemented the Order 755 rules, and, also in 2012, the first grid-scale Li-ion energy storage system of 5 MW/1.25 MWh was commissioned for Portland General Electric (PGE) Since then, we have over 1 GW of battery plants from different chemistries installed and under operation.
Where? Geographical diversification
According to the SEIA, “states with higher storage penetrations will lead an unmistakable trend in the solar industry.” Certain states are leading the way by introducing measures related to grid-scale energy storage. In 2018, the US installed 311 MW/777 MWh of battery storage, which represents an 80% increase over 2017. Interestingly, this lift came from deployments not just in legacy markets like California or PJM but from new markets like Hawaii, Texas, Minnesota and Colorado.
Also, new incentives in Massachusetts and New York, two states within CS Energy’s core geography, are giving the energy storage category a big boost. NY recently passed a bill to set a target of 3 GW of storage by 2030 which is one of the most ambitious storage plans in US, and Massachusetts will soon be requiring all large DG solar systems to incorporate an energy storage system.
What’s Next? The Future of...
According to Wood Mackenzie Q3 US Energy Storage Monitor Report, in 2019, the US is expected to install 478 MW and by 2020, it will see substantial growth with approximately 1250 MW annual installation. By 2024, US energy storage annual deployment will reach 4.8 GW with $5.1 billion market. Fundamentally, CS Energy believes that grid-scale battery storage will continue to rapidly expand into the foreseeable future. As we see more and more penetration by intermittent sources like solar and wind, more storage solutions will be integrated to smooth out the intermittency and to maintain grid stability. While it is, of course, possible that existing Li-ion chemistries will be replaced by better, longer duration and high-power battery technology, the storage industry itself is almost certainly going to continue to grow rapidly.
Please contact Kevin Magayah, CS Energy, at email@example.com, 732-484-2432, to discuss any aspect of solar+storage.
About the Author
Mr. Saurabh Mishra is an energy storage engineer at CS Energy, a leading integrated energy company that develops, designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries. As a storage lead, Mr. Mishra’s area of expertise lies in techno-economic feasibility, asset management and extensive knowledge & command over optimizing solar-storage solutions for varied stakeholders. Previously, Mr. Mishra worked as an Engineer in a thermal generation power plant and as a Transmission Engineer at a 400 KV substation for the public utility with 5 GW capacity; where he was responsible for supervising, testing, commissioning, and O&M of the operating equipment.
He earned a Master’s from Carnegie Mellon University’s “Master's Program in Energy Science, Technology & Policy (ESTP)” a distinctive degree “based in engineering, aligned with new discoveries in science, attuned to sustainability and the environment, and informed by a broader perspective in economics and public policy,” and a B.S. in Electronics and Communication from Uttar Pradesh Technical University in India.
September 24 2019
CS Energy (formerly Conti Solar) a leading integrated energy company that develops, designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries, announced the completion of the Cinnaminson Township capped-landfill solar project for Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility. The 13 megawatt-dc (MW-DC) Cinnaminson Township site is the largest solar development project undertaken to date in Burlington County.
Built over a Superfund site, the 25-acre project is part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program, which is concentrating on turning landfills and brownfields green by building solar farms on otherwise unusable sites. The program aims to develop 158 MW-DC of universal solar capacity, enough energy to power more than 25,000 New Jersey homes, and as with every Solar 4 All project, the Cinnaminson project will provide clean, renewable energy to all PSE&G customers, including those without existing solar systems.
The landfill solar sector is one of the most difficult categories of project sites, and CS Energy has performed development, engineering, procurement and construction services on more than 154 MW of landfill projects to date. Although development of the project over the capped-and-closed Cinnaminson landfill included complex permitting, interconnection, and switchgear coordination, CS Energy was able to deliver the site to the utility on schedule.
“By converting unproductive land into a solar power generation plant that provides clean energy to the grid, PSE&G is helping to create a healthier environment and also making solar power available to all of its electric customers.” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of CS Energy. “Solar 4 All is an innovative program, and we are proud play a key role in its ongoing success.”
One of the primary goals of our Solar 4 All program is to help develop and maintain a strong solar industry that creates jobs and generates economic development in New Jersey,” said Todd Hranicka, PSE&G’s director of solar energy. “So we are proud of our longstanding relationship with CS Energy and pleased that we were able complete another successful project with them.”
September 09 2019
CS Energy (formerly Conti Solar) a leading integrated energy company that develops, designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries, announced that three of the company’s projects have been selected as winners in “The 2019 Engineering News Record (ENR) Regional Best Projects Awards.” Independent juries of industry leaders in design and construction from each of ENR's 10 regional editions judge construction projects using five criteria, including safety, innovation and teamwork.
For the ENR New York region, Cinnaminson Landfill Solar Farm, located in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, was selected as “Best Project” in the Energy/Industrial category. Built over a Superfund site, the 13.0 MW project is part of PSE&G’s “Solar 4 All” program, which is concentrating on turning landfills and brownfields green by building solar farms on otherwise unusable sites. The Cinnaminson Landfill Solar project now has the capacity to power about 3,500 homes with clean energy. This project is a stellar example of how previously untenable space such as a landfill can be converted into a green energy generating field.
For the ENR New England region, the Gold Meadow Farms Solar Project, located in Cranston, Rhode Island, was selected as “Best Project” winner in the Energy/Industrial category. Owned, designed and now operated by Captona Partners and the state’s largest solar installation to date, the 21MW solar farm was developed by Southern Sky Renewable Energy and constructed by CS Energy. Prior to development, the Gold Meadow Farm’s property, (at one time in the past a dairy farm) was unused and overgrown with substantial stone ledge, which presented a challenging environment for solar development. The site now benefits approximate 2,200 Providence, Rhode Island homes by powering them with clean, renewable energy.
For the ENR Mountain States region, Hill Air Force Base Solar, located at the Hill Air Force Base, Utah, was selected as the Merit awardee in the 2019 “Intermountain Best Projects Winners” in the Energy/Industrial category. Energy Systems Group, the Air Force’s Energy Savings Performance Contractor, contracted CS Energy to engineer, procure and construct the 3.55 MW system. The project, which entails the installation of a new solar array at the base, will save the Air Force millions of dollars over the 20+ year lifespan of the system and brings the Air Force Base one step closer to microgrid capability with the potential to expand the project size and capability to add electric storage to the system.
Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer, CS Energy, added, “It is an honor to be recognized, especially with very respected and successful EPCs and developers competing in the categories. It truly speaks to the skills, passion for excellence and commitment that our regional teams display on a daily basis.”
Click here - https://www.enr.com/enr-best-projects-awards/upcoming-events - for more information about the ENR Regional Best Projects Awards and dates for the Awards Ceremonies.
August 26 2019
CS Energy (formerly Conti Solar) a leading integrated energy company that develops, designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries, is proud to announce winning the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Certificate, for achievement in the prevention of occupational injuries during calendar year 2018.
Part of the 91st Annual Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program, the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Certificate is awarded to “an establishment that has participated in the program for three consecutive calendar years.” Recipients must have previously received the Division of Public Safety & Occupational Safety & Health Certificate. DART and TRC* (illness and injury) rates from the preceding calendar year are used to determine a participant’s eligibility. OSHA record-keeping standards are the basis for reporting. The establishment must also affirm that it has a continuing, effective safety and health program in place and that a comprehensive safety and health survey of the workplace was completed within the past 5 years.
“We are proud to accept this recognition from the governor’s office,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of CS Energy. “We have marked five years without a recordable injury to an employee, and this accomplishment is a direct result of our heavy investment in safety training programs, rigorously high standards, and a strong corporate culture of safety and accident prevention.”
In July 1935, the NJ State Industrial Safety Committee was formed, and included a program to present awards to industries in the State having good safety records. This Awards Program, now known as the "Governor's Occupational Safety & Health Awards Program", is presently in its 91st year and is open to both private and public employers regardless of size.
In solar, as with all categories of construction industry, the company’s safety record is measured by the amount of employee injuries and lost time due to injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) monitors each company’s Total Recordable Incident Rate. (TRIR). The industry average TRIR is 2.6 for Power and Communication line and related structures construction*. CS Energy’s TRIR is 0.00.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/web/osh/summ1_00.htm
July 23 2019
With renewable energy expected to be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years, national solar EPC, O&M, and energy storage company CS Energy (formerly Conti Solar) is proud to announce inclusion by Solar Power World on the magazine's 2019 Top Solar Contractors list, achieving a rank of 16 out of 415 solar companies. In addition to being listed as No. 16 overall, CS Energy is also ranked as the No. 1 solar installer in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island on the 2019 Top Solar Contractors list.
The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets, and ranks contractors by kilowatts installed in the previous year.
"Solar Power World enjoys assembling the Top Solar Contractors list each year, and our 2019 edition features hundreds of companies making big impacts in local energy markets," said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. "Solar power is becoming competitive with traditional electricity sources in more markets, and cities and states are demanding more renewable energy options. It's a great time to be a solar installer, and we're happy to highlight the best installation companies in the country on our list."
The U.S. solar market is expected to see 14% growth in 2019, with over 12 GW of new solar power added to the grid this year — enough to power 2.28 million average American homes. This increase in installations is attributed to strong residential solar interest and a rush to get projects in before the 30% federal investment tax credit steps down to 26% next year.
CS Energy has realized a sustained annual growth rate of 30 over the past five years , and in 2019, the company expects to complete approximately 300 megawatts of projects. CS Energy employs 130 workers, since its founding in 2004 the company has over 650MW of solar on its resume. Earlier this year, the company rebranded, changing the corporate name from Conti Solar to CS Energy. The rebranding effort was designed to emphasize the company’s evolution into an integrated energy company that develops, designs, and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries.
The emerging energy storage market will also influence solar installations going forward. In markets that encourage grid service applications like time-of-use (TOU) shifting, self-consumption and backup power, battery systems paired with solar arrays are attractive options for home and business owners looking to save costs. Solar Power World included the first Solar+Storage Installer sublist in the 2019 Top Solar Contractors edition in recognition of solar installers' early efforts at coupling the two technologies for customers.
June 03 2019
On the heels of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) designation of the 2020s as The Solar+ Decade, CS Energy headed to Atlanta to attend the Solar Power Southeast conference. The conference is presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).
The conference is focused on a region that is strategically important to industry growth. This is evident with Florida and North Carolina being in SEIA’s 2018 “Top Ten Solar States, ranked by cumulative solar capacity installed. Georgia, where the conference was held, comes in at #11, while South Carolina and Virginia are in the top 20. These rankings are likely to only get better as South Carolina recently passed legislation that is a positive for the solar industry, and Virginia’s solar market is taking off from our perspective, and is an exciting place to build solar projects right now.
Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), kicked off the festivities with a talk that went over the latest data on industry growth. She discussed the vision and objectives behind The Solar+ Decade initiative, and touched upon some of the industry’s challenges and opportunities. Additionally, she filled the audience in on SEIA’s latest advocacy efforts on the legislative front. One of the biggest challenges in our industry is finding and attracting talent fast enough to keep up with industry growth. While attracting talent to our industry it is important that we are attracting diversity in talent as well, which was covered in detail during a Thursday session, “Training and Retraining a Diverse Solar Workforce,” with Eddie Barnett, Training Coordinator, National Association of Minority Contractors, (NAMC) and Don Tonic, President/G.M., Solar Plus, LLC. The panel was moderated by Dana Clare Redden, CEO, Solar Concierge. Improving diversity of our work force is an important goal for the solar industry.
Another topic that continues to be important in the solar industry is “community solar”, and that topic was discussed during a panel titled “Community Solar in the Southeast” that was moderated on Wednesday by Jen Szaro, VP Research and Education at Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). SEPA does a great job of co-producing the event along with SEIA. SEPA is a non-profit organization that “envisions a carbon-free world by 2050.” Community Solar has been rapidly growing the past 3 years, and CS Energy expects that trend to continue in the Southeast region. In fact, in March of this year, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced plans for a program called FPL SolarTogether. If approved, FPL SolarTogether will be the largest community solar program in the United States.
Among attendees, the hot topics are solar panel pricing and concerns and ideas around the Safe Harboring of solar projects in 2019. There is no shortage of important issues to cover when it comes to the solar industry, and the overall atmosphere on the show floor is one of excitement and enthusiasm. Like the industry itself, the show seems to be growing fast year-over-year.
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About the Author
Todd Jensen is a Business Development Manager for CS Energy (formerly Conti Solar.) He is focused on building relationships with developers, utilities, municipalities, and co-ops building solar projects nationwide. A native of Ohio and graduate of the University of Central Florida, Todd lives in Palm City, Florida with his family.
May 21 2019
EDISON, N.J. (PRWEB) MAY 13, 2019
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced today a new corporate identity. The organization will be known as CS Energy, and the rebranding will encompass a new logo, tagline and web address (http://www.CSEnergy.com).
"The new name, CS Energy, emphasizes our status as a fast-growing integrated energy company that develops, designs, and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of CS Energy. "CS Energy pays tribute to Conti Solar’s successful track record, and the rebranding of Conti Solar as CS Energy serves to highlight the dramatic opportunities ahead providing high-value renewable energy solutions that maximize the return on investment for our customers.”
In April 2018, Conti Solar, operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Conti Group, received a strategic investment from funds managed by Ares Management Corporation’s (NYSE: ARES) Infrastructure and Power Group (AIPG), which acquired a majority ownership in the company.
The new company brand and identity is effective immediately and the rebranding will have no impact on any business operations, management, or the corporate structure.
About CS Energy
CS Energy (formerly Conti Solar) 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 650 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 the Ares Infrastructure and Power Group (AIPG) 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.
March 25 2019
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced today that it was selected by NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV) to provide EPC services for two commercial solar projects located in Milford and Washington Township, New Jersey totaling approximately 20 megawatts (MW). NJRCEV, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, invests in, owns and operates residential and commercial solar projects and currently maintains a portfolio of over 250MWs throughout New Jersey. Conti and NJRCEV have previously worked together on the construction of three solar projects in the state with a combined installed capacity of 25 MWs.
“Conti Solar has an extensive track record of building high quality solar facilities and has proven to be a strong partner for NJRCEV.” said Robert Pohlman, Director of Business Development, NJR Clean Energy Ventures.
“As one of the largest solar investors in New Jersey, NJR Clean Energy Ventures is committed to the continued growth of their clean energy business in order to deliver low carbon, clean energy solutions to its customers. We are proud to partner with NJR Clean Energy Ventures on these projects and contribute to the growth of solar energy here in New Jersey,” said Chris Ichter, Business Development Director, Conti Solar.
March 04 2019
Conti Solar, a national EPC, O&M and energy storage company, will attend the Solar Power Florida event being held at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 12th and 13th. This solar industry event is presented by SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association and will explore how recent policy changes will impact the solar market in Florida and how opportunities for solar are expanding in the Caribbean and in South America.
Solar Power Florida brings together the solar and storage markets to discuss critical progress across solar market segments in Florida. The event features in-depth discussions about relevant topics including utility-scale solar opportunities; new technology; permitting, building codes and distributed generation; energy storage; electric vehicles; community solar; microgrids and more.
“As a leading national EPC, Conti Solar has helped major utilities across the US construct large-scale solar projects. We’re pleased to participate in this timely SEIA event and learn more about Florida’s plans to increase its solar power generation capacity,” commented Todd Jensen, Southeastern US Business Development Manager of Conti Solar.
March 04 2019
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, recently announced its Chief Commercial Officer, Eric Millard presented on Solar Power World’s monthly podcast series that features commentary from top solar industry executives.
Kelly Pickerel, Editor in Chief of Solar Power World interviewed Millard for the Contractors Podcast Series. During the interview, Millard provided listeners with a detailed overview of the company including its history and capabilities. The interview covers insightful discussion on construction of large-scale solar, technology, energy storage, and what 2019 holds for Conti Solar.
The company began offering EPC services for mid-sized solar projects approximately 12 years ago. Since that beginning, Conti has undergone tremendous growth. In 2018, private equity firm Ares EIF took a majority ownership of Conti Solar. The financial backing elevated Conti’s bankability and enabled the solar EPC company to continue what it had been doing, but “just doing it bigger and better,” Millard said.
Conti Solar is currently staffed with over 100 employees. Millard said the company hopes to add 30 more full-time positions by the end of the year. Learn more about job opportunities at Conti Solar by visiting https://www.contisolar.com/careers/current-openings.
Listen to the Solar Power World Podcast and read the accompanying article here:
January 22 2019
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, has earned the Division of Public Safety Certificate – Citation of Merit from the State of New Jersey, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, for its accomplishments in the prevention of workplace injury and illness.
Conti Solar has gone four years without a recordable injury to an employee, an achievement only possible for companies with strong leadership, rigorous standards, and a long history of construction management expertise.
“We’re extremely proud of our impeccable safety record,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. “The health and well-being of our employees is a top priority of Conti Solar, and it’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”
Safety is a critical item for all solar construction projects for multiple reasons, including protecting the welfare of employees, providing a safe work environment, and controlling project costs. A dedicated commitment to safety by both the EPC and their contractors helps ensure project success and can impact the bottom line considerably. Contractor safety also saves money in the long run, because a better-than-average safety record qualifies a company for lower insurance rates and also avoids the expense of lost time, work and other potential costs resulting from work injuries.
A construction firm’s safety record is typically measured by the amount of employee injuries and lost time due to injuries, and is monitored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a Total Recordable Incident Rate. (TRIR). The industry average TRIR is 2.8 for Power and Communication line and related structures construction*. Conti Solar’s TRIR is 0.00.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/os/ostb4732.pdf
December 17 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, announced today it has 650 MW of solar projects in over 10 states underway or completed. Closing out a banner year, the growing company has an impressive list of milestone solar projects across market segments (utility-scale, community solar, landfill solar, carport solar, distributed generation, commercial and industrial) working with some of the most recognized utilities and Fortune 500 companies across the United States.
Conti Solar completed the largest landfill solar project in Ohio (4 MW DC), the largest solar project in Rhode Island (21.3 MW DC) and has been selected to build the largest community solar project portfolio in New York (55 MW DC). The company has also completed 15 solar projects (44.5 MW DC) for Eversource Energy, the number one ranked utility in the nation for energy efficiency.
The company was awarded the 2018 Solar Project of the Year for the Cuyahoga (Ohio) landfill solar project and continues to fine tune their team’s expertise and expand the organization.
“At Conti Solar, we emphasize customer relations throughout the company. We nurture a culture of communication and attention-to-detail across our organization. We’re proud of our accomplishments and will continue to focus on first-class execution and outstanding customer service as we grow,” commented Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar.
December 02 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced that Conti Solar has donated approximately $40,000 worth of plywood to Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Restore, Fresno Branch. The donated plywood had formerly been utilized on Conti Solar’s rooftop solar project.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The Habitat ReStores use proceeds to help bring strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter to local communities and around the world.
The Conti Solar Fresno branch also participated in Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Acts of Kindness’ project. This project works with local people to support neighborhood revitalization and restitution. The crew worked on painting the trim and different rooms of the community center, including the Veterans room - one day after Veteran’s Day. The Hinton Community Center is a gathering place for locals in Fresno named after Cecil C. Hinton.
“Fortunately, on the day I was there, one of the long-time volunteers who’s family lives in sub-standard conditions was awarded a house from the proceeds of Habitat ReStore’s Fresno Branch,” said Ryan Kemp, an Assistant Project Manager at Conti Solar.
Pictured above are, Mike Sanchez (Tradesman International), Stuart Goggins (Conti Solar), Tifany Oqueli (Conti Solar), Ryan Kemp (Conti Solar) and Torin Blount (ReStore Director – HFH Fresno).
November 05 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, announced today that it provided full EPC services for the 4.0 MW (DC) landfill solar project located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio recently named 2018 Gold Project of the Year by Solar Builder Magazine. The project is also the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. In addition to landfill, Conti Solar’s industry expertise spans across the market segments of large-scale solar projects.
Conti Solar worked with IGS Solar, the project developer and completed the project in July of this year. While landfill projects introduce more complexities in the design and construction of the solar system, they also bring great rewards. Building solar on landfills converts the unproductive area to a carbon-free solar power generation plant. Cuyahoga County gained jobs; lower-cost energy; retail, lease and tax revenues; and a healthier environment for the community.
“Conti Solar is pleased the Cuyahoga County Landfill Solar Project has been honored with this award. This project signifies the will of the county to work through challenges and add low-cost, renewable energy to their portfolio. Congratulations on this major accomplishment. We hope more will follow,” said Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer of Conti Solar.
“With a reputation of extensive experience and reliable execution, Conti Solar delivered on this project working with impeccable execution,” commented Mike Foley, Director of Sustainability, Cuyahoga County.
The Cuyahoga Landfill Solar Project is installed with 35,520 solar modules, 1,976 posts, 988 ballast blocks, 26 rows of racks and two central inverters. The project took four months to complete and the power generation is contracted with the county via a 10-year power purchase agreement with an option for another 10 years and the opportunity to purchase the system after six years. Watch the Conti Solar Cuyahoga Project Video at https://youtu.be/CLA2x_jtHkk.
September 16 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, announced that it is providing full turnkey EPC services for the largest solar installation to date in Rhode Island. Developed by Southern Sky Renewable Energy, the 21.3 megawatt (MW), Gold Meadow Farms solar project is being constructed in Cranston, Rhode Island. When completed, this solar project will generate clean solar energy for the City of Providence, significantly reduce the capital city’s energy costs and contribute to the state’s Clean Energy Portfolio.
The solar project spans over 100 acres of rugged, rocky terrain. With approximately 53,000 solar panels and 130 string inverters to be installed, the project will employ hundreds of people across the state. In addition, it will drive tens of thousands of dollars in revenue into the communities, through local businesses and taxes. The Gold Meadow Farms solar project is expected to be completed in early 2019.
Lindsay McGovern, Vice President of Southern Sky said, “Conti Solar has collaborated with our team to rapidly resolve any challenges we face. They are resourceful and responsive. This type of reliability is an important trait for an EPC provider.”
Conti Solar is a leading solar EPC in Rhode Island and builds some of the largest and highest profile projects in the state. The Gold Meadow Farms solar project is one of over 45 MW of projects that Conti Solar is currently constructing in the ocean state. The company’s substantial track record and project experience across solar subsegments including agriculture, landfill, community solar, and large-scale projects drive reliability in efficient project completion for solar developers, utilities and independent power producers. Both Southern Sky and Conti Solar are known for their exceptional problem-solving skills and their dedication to delivering high quality solar projects.
“Southern Sky’s regional knowledge and experience is critical to the success of challenging solar installations. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with a developer who is focused on executing projects the right way, the first time,” said Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer of Conti Solar.
To learn more about Conti Solar and the Gold Meadow Farms solar project, visit https://www.contisolar.com/projects
September 04 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, announced today that it was selected to provide full turnkey EPC services for Southern Sky Renewable Energy’s 35 MW solar project portfolio. Headquartered in Warwick, Rhode Island, Southern Sky is the region’s leading renewable energy developer. The five projects in the portfolio include brownfield, landfill, and greenfield projects and are located in the towns of Warwick, Cranston and Johnston in central Rhode Island. When completed, the projects will generate local, clean solar power, contribute to the state’s Clean Energy Portfolio and reduce energy costs significantly. The communities will also reap environmental benefits from repurposing unusable landfills into productive renewable energy farms.
“When we work with Conti Solar on a project, they work as a value-add partner that seeks to resolve issues and streamline projects’ costs to benefit stakeholders. They excel at completing high performance solar systems and we value the experience and deep technical knowledge they bring to projects,” said Lindsay McGovern, Vice President of Southern Sky.
Solar landfill and brownfield projects require a greater level of expertise to ensure sites are safely managed and work is executed and documented to specifications. Both Southern Sky and Conti Solar are known for their dedication to completing high quality solar projects that meet strict requirements.
“We share Southern Sky’s quality-driven application toward solar project development and installation. We are very proud to work with them on these solar projects that are helping Rhode Island meet their 1,000 megawatts by 2020 clean energy goal,” said Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer of Conti Solar.
August 13 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced the company currently has solar project management, energy storage solar engineering and procurement job opportunities. Job openings are available in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. Applicants can view open positions and apply online here:
Named as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work by NJ Biz in 2017, Conti Solar’s team of dedicated professionals has been able to successfully develop and install over 500MW of solar projects since the company’s early initiatives in 2008. The company has more than 80 MW of solar projects under construction.
“Conti Solar is a growing company filled with challenging and rewarding opportunities,” said Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer at Conti Solar. “Expanding our regional teams enables us to continue to streamline all phases of solar project development, design, construction and operations to drive down project costs.”
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Conti Solar provides medical, dental and vision on the first day of employment. Life insurance, 401(k) matching plan, EAP, wellness programs and many other optional programs are offered as well. Conti Solar is an equal opportunity employer.
August 09 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced today it has been recognized by Solar Power World as ranking #12 for EPCs in the publication’s Top 500 US Solar Contractors List.
Solar Power World, the leading solar publication covering technology, development and installation, publishes the Top Solar Contractors List annually. The list includes hundreds of US solar photovoltaic (PV) companies that provide the following services: EPC contracting, development, construction/installation, electrical work and/or rooftop-specific installations. Companies can do work in any market segment including utility, commercial, residential, and off-grid; and must be headquartered in the United States.
“The annual Top 500 List is an industry marker of success, and we are pleased to rank among the leaders in the industry,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. “As a national, full service EPC, we plan to continue expanding our team to better serve those customers who are developing projects across the country and seeking top tier engineering and project execution services.”
Conti Solar’s high repeat customer rate (over 40% of their clientele) speaks to the company’s deep industry expertise and financial resources to build large-scale solar nationally. The company has installed over 500 megawatts of solar projects in various utility-scale market segments including community solar, commercial, industrial, landfill solar, and agricultural projects. According to GTM Research, the utility-scale solar market is projected to remain consistent throughout 2018 and will more than double in the next five years.* This solar boom has also created over 200,000 jobs for Americans - a number expected to double in the next three years as U.S. solar capacity triples.
July 08 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced today it is expanding its regional staff to support its growing operation west of the Mississippi. The company currently has over 84 MW of solar projects in various stages of construction in California, Minnesota, Illinois, and Utah. The solar power generation projects include distributed generation, commercial and industrial, community solar, landfill solar, agricultural and energy storage.
Conti Solar is expanding its regional teams to support the density of its western and midwestern operations. New staff are partnered with tenured team members to ensure their work aligns with Conti’s quality and safety standards.
“As a national EPC with a long established business in construction, we bring an extraordinary depth of knowledge, resources and a tremendous network of connections we have cultivated over a significant period of time. We are one company that can work across states, offering our customers national support for their solar investments,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar.
Conti Solar’s clients include some of the largest utilities in the country, global institutional investment groups, major ESCOs and solar developers. As the company continues to expand its operations, this growth phase will ensure there are sufficient expert staff to take on additional multi-state contracts, and maintain Conti’s high levels of customer satisfaction. Approximately 40 percent of Conti Solar’s clientele are repeat customers, a testament to the strength of the company’s full turnkey EPC services. Conti Solar currently has successfully installed over 500 MW of solar projects and has a pipeline 300 MW of solar project portfolios in construction nationally.
May 21 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, has begun construction on the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. Located in Cuyahoga County, the 4 MW project is owned and operated by IGS Solar, a commercial and residential solar provider and an affiliate company of IGS Energy, one of the largest independent retail energy suppliers in the country. The solar project was developed by Enerlogics and McDonald Hopkins, and when complete, will provide over 5,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean solar electricity to county-owned facilities annually.
Solar projects built on landfills can be particularly complex, but Conti Solar has successfully installed more than 133 MW of landfill solar projects across the country. Their deep experience and knowledge with the processes and risks of landfill projects, along with their competitive buying power and superior execution capabilities establishes Conti Solar as a national leader in the segment.
The Cuyahoga solar project is the first of its kind in Ohio. Covering 17 acres of previously unproductive land, Conti Solar will manage the construction of the solar array that will sit atop a closed-and-capped landfill and transform an area of waste into a sustainable solar power generation plant. The project will be a cornerstone of Cuyahoga County’s sustainable practices. Via a power purchase agreement (PPA), Cuyahoga County will acquire 100 percent of the project’s energy through Cleveland Public Power. Benefits of this unique project include significantly reduced energy costs for the county, additional tax revenue, and an estimated 100 local jobs.
“It was essential that we partnered with a firm that has a proven track record in developing solar projects on top of sensitive landfill sites,” said Patrick Smith, vice president of IGS Solar. “It’s a unique niche, but Conti Solar’s vast experience, impeccable standards, and understanding of IGS Solar’s vision for the community has made Conti Solar the ideal partner for this project.”
“IGS Solar is helping Cuyahoga County reduce energy costs for the next 20 years. They have been a reliable energy partner supporting the efficient and cost-effective addition of clean renewable energy for the county’s benefit, both environmentally and financially, said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. “We hope to continue working with IGS Solar on projects like this in Ohio and other Midwestern states.”
The project will be complete during the summer of 2018. To learn more about Conti Solar’s other completed landfill solar projects, visit www.contisolar.com/projects/type/landfill-arrays.
May 15 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced today the promotion of Eric Millard to Chief Commercial Officer. Eric will report directly to Matthew Skidmore, Conti Solar’s CEO, and be responsible for continuing to drive organizational growth by developing and maintaining excellent customer relationships and expanding Conti Solar’s business into new markets and geographies.
“Eric‘s advancement within the organization is a testament to his proven track record of developing and executing aggressive growth strategies in very competitive markets,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. “His ability to develop high-performing teams will ensure our vision of building a world-class renewable energy company.”
In his 10-year career with Conti, Eric has worked in a variety of different renewable energy and environmental markets and in both technical and commercial roles. Eric started his career in project operations, where he worked on environmental and water management projects for the Army Corps of Engineers. Pursuing his interest in renewable energy, he then transitioned into Conti’s ventures in the wind, solar, and biomass industries, where he worked in a diverse set of engineering, operations, and business development positions. These roles allowed Eric to hone both his technical and commercial competences while learning the detailed workings of the energy business. In 2014, Eric moved to Conti Solar, where he spearheaded the company’s business development efforts, ultimately bringing in $150 million in business within his first two years. He has subsequently continued to strategically build and lead Conti Solar’s business development team, which has yielded sustained double-digit growth for Conti Solar over the past four years. Eric received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
May 06 2018
Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, announced today it is nearing completion of 15 solar power projects located in Massachusetts. Ranging in size from 1.2 to 7 megawatts, the projects are owned and will be operated by Eversource Energy, New England’s largest energy provider and number-one ranked utility in the nation for energy efficiency*. The solar projects will deliver clean, renewable, solar electricity to Eversource Energy’s regional customers.
Conti Solar was awarded more than 75 percent of Eversource Energy’s Clean Energy Initiative in the first block through a highly competitive request for proposals process. The initiative is part of Eversource’s multifaceted Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) program, a visionary company directive designed to guide the utility’s development in alignment for top financial performance, customer reliability and operational excellence.
“Eversource Energy has well-developed and thorough approval processes to ensure our selection of EPC partners meet our high standards on multiple levels, including technical capabilities, solar experience, track record, safety, customer service and competitive pricing. Conti Solar earned this project portfolio and we have been impressed with their level of commitment and how responsive they have been in working with us,” said Mark Kimball, Eversource Project Director – Solar.
“Eversource Energy’s vision is to be the best energy company in the nation and Conti Solar is pleased to support them in this consequential endeavor. Conti Solar has installed over 500 MW of utility-scale solar across the country and will continue to focus on first-class execution and outstanding customer service on the work we do,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar.
April 17 2018
Conti Solar, an industry-leading renewable energy development, engineering, procurement, and construction company, announced today that it has received a strategic investment from a fund managed by Ares EIF, the power and energy infrastructure strategy in the Private Equity Group at Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE: ARES). Expected to close at the end of April, the investment will give Ares EIF a majority ownership stake in Conti Solar with a minority position retained by The Conti Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The company will continue to operate as Conti Solar, maintain its current offices, and be managed by its current executive team. The Conti Group will continue to be involved in the oversight and strategic direction of the company.
Conti Solar, previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Conti Group, has been active in the development, engineering, procurement, construction, and operations of solar and energy storage projects totaling more than 500 MW throughout the United States and in select international markets for more than a decade.
"The investment from Ares EIF will make Conti Solar a more dynamic company and will enable us to accelerate our growth and pursue additional strategic initiatives," said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. "Together, we will drive more value to our customers and partners across the industry."
Ares EIF is an experienced investor in the U.S. power and energy infrastructure sector and has invested in nearly 130 different power and energy infrastructure assets with a combined underlying enterprise value exceeding $20 billion.
"Our investment in Conti Solar is a great strategic fit for Ares EIF, but, above all, it is an investment in Conti Solar's management and the strong team and culture they have built over the years," said Keith Derman, Partner with Ares EIF. "We will work collaboratively with Matt and his team to continue to build upon the successes they have already achieved."
"We are extremely excited to partner with Ares EIF as there is a strong cultural fit between our organizations in addition to complementary skill sets and a shared strategic vision," said Kurt Conti, Chairman of The Conti Group. "This investment continues to advance our longstanding vision of building a world-class renewable energy company."
April 17 2018
Conti Solar, a leading national EPC, O&M, and energy storage development company, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Rutgers University's Solar Car Team. Established in 2011, the Rutgers Solar Car Team is working to design and build a fully functional, street legal, solar powered car.
"Sponsoring the Rutgers Solar Car Team is a natural fit for Conti," said Eric Millard, Vice President of Business Development, Conti Solar. "Our company's greatest strength is our people - their work ethic, ingenuity, and desire to succeed - and we want to encourage those traits in the next generation of solar engineers. What better way to start than in our own backyard?"
Like Rutgers University, Conti Solar is a New Jersey-based organization with strong ties to the region. As part of The Conti Group, Conti Solar has more than a century of experience providing value for its clients, its staff and its community. The company continually invests in its employees to ensure they can grow and adapt to an ever-changing industry and is excited to extend that investment to encourage local engagement in the solar industry.
The Rutgers Solar Car Team's ultimate objective extends beyond building a functioning battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Once developed, the team will race its car in the American Solar Challenge. The annual event hosts teams in a race of strategy, endurance, and cutting-edge engineering: participants design and build a BEV powered entirely by solar cells embedded on the vehicle, and the cars must travel more than 1,700 miles over nine days in a multistage race. With Conti Solar's financial commitment, the team is one step closer toward meeting its goal.
More information about the Rutgers Solar Car Team can be found at www.rusolarcar.com.
November 09 2017
With the construction of a new 4.5 MW solar array, Amesbury will soon be one of the biggest solar powered cities in Massachusetts.
Back in 2012, a closed landfill at the corner of South Martin and South Hunt Roads was bought by the city. The plan was to designate the areas for soccer fields. Unfortunately, the plan never came to fruition. Years later, the city entered into an agreement in 2015 to build a solar array at this location. However, the company declared bankruptcy in 2016, placing the project on hold.
Later in 2016, the city of Amesbury restarted the process. They put out requests for proposals, and in October, selected a company to develop the project. Conti Solar was chosen by the developer to perform the construction.
For Conti Solar, Amesbury is becoming familiar ground. Back in December of 2016, Conti performed the engineering, procurement, and construction of a 5.9MW landfill array at Hunt Road.
“Conti is excited to build more solar in the town of Amesbury,” said Kevin Magayah, Manager of Business Development. “We are proud to be helping to deliver additional clean energy and economic development to this community.”
With this second project, Amesbury will soon be producing approximately 10.5 MW of solar energy, making it one of the largest solar producers in the state of Massachusetts.
October 31 2017
Conti Solar wrapped a year of achievement in a fitting way: with CEO Matthew Skidmore earning distinction for his outstanding leadership.
The NJBIZ “Forty Under 40” awards program celebrates the state’s most accomplished young businessmen and women who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and contributions to the community. Matthew was selected as one of five that was honored in the technology industry.
As a veteran of both Conti and the solar industry, Matthew has led the company’s solar efforts since 2010. During his tenure Conti Solar has accelerated significantly, and is an industry leader today. The company has amassed a solar engineering, procurement, and construction resume of over 1.5 GW of projects around the US, and has built a robust solar development program.
The award caps off an impressive year for Conti Solar. In addition to opening up a new regional office in Worcester, expanding its footprint with several EPC projects in the Southeast and West Coast, and completing its first energy storage project, four Conti Solar projects won Engineering-News-Record awards for excellence.
“Matthew is well-deserving of this honor,” said Kurt Conti, Chairman of The Conti Group. “His vision, persistence, and work ethic have been integral in Conti Solar’s success in the solar renewable energy industry.”
Congratulations to Matthew on this award, and best of luck for an even stronger 2018!
September 27 2017
Conti Solar played an integral role in turning a historic Superfund site into another renewable energy success story.
The Elizabeth Mine Site, one of the largest intact historic mining sites in New England, operated for over 100 years producing over 50,000 tons of copper. After the mine closed in 1957, associated mine waste remained, and its acidity and metals posed a threat to the area’s water and eco systems. In 2001, The EPA placed Elizabeth Mine on the National Priorities list, designating the area as a “Superfund” site requiring remediation.
In 2010, engineering firms began the massive site clean-up effort. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, Wolf Energy and Brightfields Development approached the EPA about the potential of installing a distributed generation solar farm on the site. In 2015, Greenwood Energy came on board to provide additional assistance.
Based on successful partnership in past projects, Greenwood hired Conti Solar to manage the final design and construction work. The installation posed technical challenges requiring expertise and sound execution, as the solar arrays needed to be constructed on top of the environmental cap. To ensure safe and successful transportation of materials, Conti graded and graveled stretches of road to ensure that the trucks with Solar Flex Rack’s pre-cast ballast system could reach the site.
“Completing this 7MW ballasted solar power plant took an enormous amount of logistics coordination,” said Sean Harrington, Conti Solar’s Regional Manager. “Managing the delivery of over 500 trailer truck deliveries into the site through the winding roads in the Vermont country side was a big task. The Conti construction management team worked closely with the town, state and federal governments to be able to manage all of the challenges presented and deliver this historic project in under 20 weeks.”
On August 20th, Conti completed construction on the project. Expected to commence commercial operation in October of 2017, the Elizabeth Mine Project will generate enough electricity to power over 1,200 homes.
September 15 2017
In 2012, a gas explosion at a downtown site in Springfield, Massachusetts damaged many surrounding buildings, causing evacuations and street closures in the city’s downtown entertainment district. Five years later, Conti Solar and Eversource are helping the neighborhood take another step forward.
Contracted by Eversource, Conti Solar has just broken ground with the installment of a 5.6 megawatt solar farm at the Smith & Wesson Industrial park off Roosevelt Avenue. With the new facility, the city will be able not only to generate power for 2,000 families as part of Eversource’s other solar installments in the area, but also generate money to continue rehabilitation of the “blast zone.”
The solar farm is being built on the last lot available for development at the industrial park. As a result, there will be a need for future development sites in Springfield, with the Worthington Street neighborhood – part of the blast zone – being a prime candidate for development.
“I think we need to think about urban renewal there,” said Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer.
The Smith & Wesson Industrial Project is part of Eversource’s rapid solar expansion. The company plans to add 62 megawatts of solar asset management to its existing portfolio of 8 megawatts. The Smith & Wesson project is Eversource’s largest solar project to date.
“Our team prides itself on creating value for our customers and stakeholders, and we are excited to provide our services for Eversource on this important project that will benefit the people of Springfield,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar.
Conti Solar estimates the project will be complete in December 2017, providing Eversource the ability to bring the station online in 2018.
August 21 2017
Engineering News Record recently announced the 2016 Best Project Awards, and Conti Solar received four Best Project awards this year for its exceptional solar EPC work nationwide.
These four Conti Solar projects stand out among their competition in the Energy/ Industrial category, each performed in a different ENR region:
ENR NY/NJ – Dix Solar, LLC, Fort Dix Solar, New Jersey
ENR California – Hancock Renewable Energy, Triangle T Farms Solar, California
ENR Mid-Atlantic – Constellation New Energy, Smithsonian Solar, Virginia
ENR New England – Blue Wave Capital, Barrett Street Solar, Massachusetts
ENR regional judges award “Best Projects” by analyzing the various technical elements of each project submitted including purpose and function, complexities, quality, craftsmanship, and aesthetics. The judges scrutinize the project teams’ abilities to work together to overcome key project challenges and work safely, and evaluate each project’s contributions to the industry and the community in which they were performed.
The ENR judges recognized Conti Solar’s projects, in particular, for their optimal engineering and efficient construction of several unique solar PV arrays of various sizes across multiple locations, each in diverse geographies. Conti’s engineering and construction teams executed these projects on time and on budget, successfully mitigating major risks including difficult subsurface conditions, steep slopes, remote geographies, existing timberlands, contaminated sites, and endangered species. These projects provide modern and progressive benefits to society, including low cost and clean energy, local economic stimulus, and beneficial reuse of unusable land. Each project was executed efficiently and safely by Conti’s project teams.
Since 2014, Conti Solar has won seven ENR Best Project awards for its engineering, procurement, and construction work on solar photovoltaic projects. These awards are significant for Conti as they exemplify the firm’s values and unique approach to performing high-quality, safe work for its clients with an emphasis on teamwork and its trademark “Done Once, Done Right” mentality. They also strengthen Conti Solar’s position as a leading member of the solar industry. “We’re very proud and excited about receiving these ENR awards,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. “We’re happy to be recognized for the good work that we do, and we’d like to thank our customers for continuing to recognize the value that Conti brings as a leading solar EPC firm.” The project teams are looking forward to accepting these awards at the awards reception banquets in the coming months.
August 07 2017
In Mid-April, Greenwood Energy Solar Holdings activated its landfill array. After three months, the facility is exceeding expectations.
“We are at or above where we are supposed to be with our output,” Campbell told the Lee Planning Board last week.
The complex project included two separate interconnections in Lee and Lenox, Massachusetts, and a portion of the project was on a landfill. The 20-acre site on Willow Hill Road in Lee is a former sludge disposal landfill the paper manufacturer had capped more than two decades ago. Conti worked with Greenwood Energy to manage different aspects of the project including landfill permitting, construction, grid interconnection, utility coordination and state, county and township approval.
The topography of the project posed significant challenges along the south and west buffer zones. Construction activities included placing erosion and sediment barriers around the entire work zone, clearing approximately eight acres of trees and major site grading to ensure a level base.
Conti installed over 8,000 photovoltaic modules on a mix of RBI Solar’s post-driven and ballasted racking systems using Solectria PVI 28 TL inverters. Once construction was complete, Conti tied the PV system into the existing Eversource distribution system. Willow Hill sells power to the towns of Lee and Lenox, as well as a small piece to a low-income housing authority through a net metering purchase agreement.
Despite significant challenges with the site work and topography of the project, Conti completed the project as scheduled.
“Our team prides itself on delivering top quality projects for each customer, and nothing makes us happier than seeing the ultimate result: communities that benefit from our work,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar.
July 23 2017
Conti Solar is pleased to announce the opening of their new office in Worcester, MA. This industry-leading solar energy firm has expanded their reach to satisfy the needs of even more customers. Through development, EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction), and operations, Conti Solar provides full-scale services and good, clean energy to clients worldwide, from start to finish.
Founded over a century ago, Conti plans, engineers, constructs, and operates renewable energy projects around the globe, and their annual growth has been explosive. At present, they have offices in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, California, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas.
“Conti has been constructing solar projects in Massachusetts for over five years. To continue to serve a growing customer base, it was imperative we opened an office location to support the demand,” said Chris Ichter, Business Development Manager.
Conti’s new Worcester office was established to address the great demand for their professional services in the Northeast. Due to Conti’s ability to collaborate effectively with utility partners in Massachusetts, with over 100MW of experience in the state, they have been very successful.
“With projects spread across the entire state, Worcester offers a centralized hub for our 30 employees based in the New England region,” says Mr. Ichter.
Innovation and problem solving are at the root of every venture that Conti Solar designs and executes for public and private companies. This integrated firm boasts a strong work ethic, with a highly qualified team, superior client responsiveness, and top safety performance. Representing the gold standard for excellence in the industry, they have earned many prestigious awards, such as Top Solar EPC Firm (by Solar Power World 2016), Best Project Award of Merit, Energy, Rehoboth Landfill Solar (ENR 2016), and Best Project Award Energy/Industrial, Fort Dix (ENR 2017).
July 05 2017
Conti Solar, a leading worldwide renewable energy firm, has successfully completed over 229 MWs of commercial and utility-scale solar projects throughout the United States and in select international markets, forging a reputation as the go-to source for optimized solar PV system design and installation. With a highly experienced Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services team, the firm is able to identify the most effective strategy for the implementation of each project or portfolio of projects and consistently designs and builds large-scale solar projects with minimal cost, minimal time, and a high return for its project owners.
Today, the life cycle of solar projects from early-stage development to commercial operation can span years. These project schedules are often driven by lengthy application and approval timelines for site permitting and utility interconnection, which forces developers to make important engineering and procurement decisions early in the development process. These early decisions, such as array layout, system sizing, and most importantly, equipment selection, are critical to developing the most efficient system, as it is often time-consuming, costly, or at times, impossible to change course later in the development process.
The in-house engineering team at Conti Solar provides tailored support to its solar developer customers during the various stages of development, helping them make the most informed decisions for the project by weighing engineering, commercial, and constructability factors along with technology projections for when the project will be constructed. By providing this support, Conti helps its customers streamline project development and avoid costly and time-consuming rework late in the development process. Conti also has significant experience working with developers, utilities, and permitting agencies on late-stage projects to modify and optimize existing project designs that need updating.
As an example, Conti Solar recently performed an optimization analysis for one of its developers that added significant value to the project. Conti partnered with the developer to determine the best array design and equipment selection for a project in mid-stage development. Conti’s engineering team evaluated several scenarios for the project using different combinations of racking tilt, panel selection, and inter-row spacing. For each scenario, Conti analyzed the system size, system cost, and annual production/yield, and ran a detailed financial pro-forma for each scenario. The developer chose the best scenario and was able to increase the project value by close to $0.05/watt compared to its original assumptions.
“We’ve designed, built, and constructed over 229 MWs of solar projects nationally and internationally and take the time to engineer and evaluate a project to present the most efficient design that yields the highest investment return for its customers,” says Kevin Magayah, Business Development Manager.
In addition to the above, Conti Solar’s EPC services include an in-house analysis and evaluation of site specific items such as:
Conti can design an optimized solar system that generates the most value for solar developers and project owners.
May 18 2017
On May 11, 2017 Conti Solar participated in the commissioning ceremony of a successful renewable energy project in Falmouth, Massachusetts for Citizen’s Energy Corporation. Conti provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for this 4-megawatt installation.
At the ceremony, Citizens Energy Chairman Joseph P. Kennedy II was joined by Falmouth business leaders and elected officials in pulling an electric switch to mark the flow of clean, green electric power from a utility-scale solar array built by the company atop an unused landfill. Appearing with Kennedy were Falmouth Board of Selectmen Chairman Doug Jones and Falmouth EDIC Chairman Michael Galasso.
The former Member of Congress praised the town of Falmouth for its commitment to renewable energy, noting the project’s contribution to combating climate change. “It just means so much to all the members of the Kennedy family that we are able to find a way to give something back to this beautiful Cape,” said Kennedy. “If you look out here behind us and see this wonderful field of what used to be just trash and dirt, but is now making energy for the people of this community.”
The array occupies 16 acres of an inactive landfill, putting the property back to work for the benefit of local residents and businesses. Over the project’s 20-year lifetime, it will return $14 million in economic benefits to the town through energy savings, lease payments, and a payment in lieu of taxes agreement—as well as supporting Citizens Energy’s charitable mission.
The renewable energy produced by the array will yield health and environmental benefits as well, annually displacing 4,000 tons of carbon from fossil fuel plants, the same footprint of 500 homes or 450 cars.
“It’s been a pleasure working with Citizens Energy to bring clean, renewable solar energy to Falmouth,” said Chairman Galasso of the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation. “Not only is it lowering the town’s cost of energy, it’s also reducing our carbon footprint.”
May 29 2017
Conti Solar, an industry-leading solar energy, procurement, and construction firm, has announced the success of their recent endeavors in converting existing closed landfills into efficient solar energy generation facilities, capable of providing significant value for their project investors and for the community. To date, Conti Solar has completed 85 megawatts of landfill solar redevelopment projects across the United States.
Conti Solar has developed, engineered, procured, and constructed (EPC) over 15 landfills nationally. These projects convert landfills from an underutilized liability into value-added asset, producing low cost and renewable energy while generating economic and environmental benefits to the surrounding communities.
“With over 85 MWs of landfills under our belt in our 223 MW resume, Conti has established processes to successfully take a landfill project from permitting to COD in an efficient, safe and timely manner,” said Kevin Magayah, Business Development Manager. “We believe that Conti adds real and tangible value to our customers by providing a quality, in-house development and engineering experience along with our landfill construction and remediation experience.”
A customer-oriented company, Conti Solar carefully considers a customer’s risk profile and the long-term maintenance requirements of a landfill system during the design and construction phases in order to avoid damages to the existing landfill components, delays in the schedule, or increases in project costs.
April 25 2017
Conti, a leading solar energy installation company, has achieved a milestone in rapid solar foundation installation to successfully complete a 4.23 MW solar carport project.
The goal of the solar project, which was installed at a large facility for a major vehicle auction corporation in Framingham, Massachusetts, was to save on electricity costs and reduce reliance on the grid. The auction company can now expect to generate approximately 88 percent of their power from solar for this facility.
The foundation work was completed in just 30 days, 50 percent faster than is typical in industry. Taking one canopy at a time, foundations were drilled, rebar and anchor bolts installed and the foundation poured. Then the site was restored and given back to the owner before engineers moved on to the next canopy.
“Being able to deliver a superior end result, that is done safely and efficiently, has and will continue to be Conti’s number one priority,” said Sean Harrington, Regional Manager for Conti’s Massachusetts Operations. “This project cements Conti’s reputation as the go-to installer for solar carport projects across the United States, having installed over 30 MW of carports within the last 5 years,” Harrington continued.
Conti finished the project on time and on budget, with minimal disruption to the business’s daily operations, a testament to the company’s expertise and professionalism in the solar energy installation market.
March 23 2017
Conti Solar, an industry-leading solar energy construction and installation firm, has expanded its national service territory to include the Southeast and West Coast of the United States. With extensive engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) experience in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland, Conti Solar is now expanding the reach of its services into Ohio, Minnesota, Utah, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, California and Vermont to meet customer demand.
Demand for solar power technology is increasing at an unprecedented rate as more and more consumers seek to generate electricity from sunlight. Solar customers and local communities regularly benefit from the low cost and clean energy that properly developed and built solar projects generate. Conti is at the forefront of delivering this low cost and clean power to customers and local communities.
“Conti continues to expand our geographical presence in response to our customers’ growing needs,” said Chris Ichter, Business Development Manager. “Our strong partnerships with local and regional utilities, developers and financiers have helped drive the explosive growth we have experienced over the last 10 years.” Conti leverages this local knowledge and “boots-on-the-ground” resources in various regions throughout the country.
Conti has experienced significant double-digit growth over the past three years. Their expansion into new geographies is supported by its parent company, the Conti Group, which is invested in energy, infrastructure and biotechnology projects throughout the United States as well as internationally.
January 26 2017
Conti Solar joined with BlueWave Capital, LLC, a leader in solar energy investment and development, as engineering, procurement and construction contractor on the company’s largest community solar project in Oxford, MA.
The 16.5 megawatt Barrett Street project will provide clean energy and cost savings to local homes and businesses in the area. The Fay School and Phillips Academy Andover have contracted for more than 50 percent of Barrett Street’s total output to move toward their sustainability goals while lowering electricity costs.
Once the largest commercial pig farm in the Northeast, according the Telegram.com, a local newspaper, the group of nine solar arrays will also protect 100 acres of farmland from more intensive use, enable future agricultural use, reduce carbon emissions by 15,000 tons annually, generate local tax revenue for the town of Oxford and create and support the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ clean energy and climate goals.
“We are thrilled to have been involved in the construction of a project that demonstrates the many positive impacts a solar installation can have,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. “Not only is the system offsetting a significant portion of local resident and small business electricity but the construction process provided jobs for more than one hundred local laborers, operators and electricians.”
January 12 2017
Conti broke ground on the largest solar energy project on a military base in the Northeast today. The 16.5 MW array at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) is part of the Air Force’s Enhanced Use Lease Program which allows private developers to use available land for mutually beneficial energy development.
Conti will install over 50,000 solar panels on the Dix Sanitary Landfill, a 98-acre former Superfund site, which will produce over 21,000 MW hours of energy. Enough to power 2,500 homes and reduce CO2 emission by 15,000 metric tons, the project will have the equivalent impact of taking 3,000 cars off the road every year.
Slated for completion in mid-2017, Conti coordinated with the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Joint Base MDL Environmental Restoration Program to realize this innovative land reuse program to further solidify New Jersey’s role as a leader in solar energy.
“This project demonstrates the innovative pathways our Airmen and civilians are taking to strengthen mission assurance through energy assurance. The revenue generated by this solar project, built on a closed landfill, will provide critical funds dedicated to JB MDL’s energy assurance plan. I applaud the installation’s leaders and support staff for their creativity and persistence to bring this project to fruition,” said Miranda A.A. Ballentine, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Installations, Environment and Energy, who cut the ribbon at the ceremony.
July 01 2014
Conti’s solar energy team announced it has partnered with Canadian Solar, one of the largest solar power companies in the world, to procure 11 MW of solar modules during mid-2014.
Conti has installed over 70 MW of solar projects throughout the United States and is a leading provider of engineering, procurement and construction services in the renewable energy and other industrial markets internationally. Matthew Skidmore, Vice President at Conti, commented, “We partner with sophisticated solar developers, solar asset owners and electrical utilities to design and build large scale projects and are very excited to work with Canadian Solar on this opportunity.”
“Conti is an industry leader in the photovoltaic market and solar energy advocacy. We are proud that our market position in the United States has allowed the availability and product reliability required to power the large-scale projects organizations like Conti undertake. I am looking forward to future collaboration as we continue to expand our presence in the US,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, Inc.
July 26 2016
Solar Power World’s fifth annual ranking of solar contractors has named Conti Solar on four lists: #4 Solar Contractors in New Jersey, #24 Engineering, Procurement and Construction in North America, #25 Utility-Scale in North America and #49 Overall in North America.
The Top Solar Contractors list is the most recognized annual listing of North America’s top solar contractors working in the utility, commercial and residential markets. Rankings are based on the amount of solar photovoltaic systems installed and Conti Solar’s numbers sat at a total of 145 MW at the time of judging in early 2016. Since then, the firm has installed over 150 MW and is on track to pass 200 MW by the end of 2016.
In a statement accompanying the release of the list, Kathie Zipp, Managing Editor of Solar Power World said, “The companies on this year’s list exude solar-business brilliance, and they deserve to be recognized not only for being great companies but also for how their work positively impacts the environment.”
Upon release of the list, Conti Solar VP of Operations, Matt Skidmore expressed the company’s appreciation. “We are thankful for Solar Power World’s recognition of our efforts to improve solar energy production in the US, and we look forward to seeing how our work in 2016 affects our rankings next year.”
April 01 2016
Conti has completed construction on the much-anticipated $17.5 million 9.9 MW ground-mounted Beaver Run solar photovoltaic (PV) array in Lafayette, New Jersey.
After taking over the project from a previous contractor in 2015, Conti, along with energy development partner 1906 Group, developed the new solar farm under an engineering, procurement and construction contract on a 36-acre property in record time, achieving mechanical completion in less than two months.
The team was also able to finance the project in just 60 days. 1906 Group proposed an arrangement to finance the solar farm as a merchant facility, relying on short term Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) contracts and on the project’s ability to sell power into the Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland wholesale power market. The deal capitalized on the solar market swing, maximizing the near term value of the solar attributes while keeping SREC upside value.
“Although fairly rare in the market, merchant solar facilities can be financed and built. Beaver Run shows that a creative approach and dedicated partners can make good projects happen,” said Gennaro D’Agostino, CEO of 1906 Advisors. “We see this as an evolution of the solar industry, maximizing value for all project stakeholders, rather than leaving these good projects left unfinished.”
Now completed, the Beaver Run solar PV array is interconnected to the Jersey Central Power & Light Company distribution system, which transmits electricity to 1.1 million homes and businesses in 13 counties in central and northern New Jersey. 1906 Group will be responsible for operating and maintaining the Beaver Run renewable energy system.
August 05 2015
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Europe Division has contracted Conti to design and build a new 5 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at an airbase in Israel.
Conti has been awarded more than 120 solar projects since 2008. “We are looking forward to expanding our solar work with the USACE,” says Conti VP Matthew Skidmore, “to provide state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies in the US and abroad.”
Dubbed the Israel 9485 Solar PV Power Plant, the project’s ground-mounted solar system will be built in modules of 1 megawatt peak aggregated power per block. Each of the modules will cover an area of 4,400 square meters, leaving the potential for an array of up to 42,000 square meters in size. The plant will also include a weather station tied into the solar system’s communication infrastructure and equipped with sensors to measure and monitor irradiance, temperature and wind speed.
Conti expects to complete construction by mid-2016 and to provide plant maintenance for two years after start-up and commissioning of the system.
July 31 2015
Solar Power World has announced the 2015 edition of its annual ranking of solar contractors in the United States, placing Conti at #38 of 500 on that list.
Rankings are based on the number of megawatts a company installed in 2014. In the time between Solar Power World’s 2014 list and today, Conti has completed ten solar projects, including ground mounts to convert the Kinsley Landfill in New Jersey (PSE&G’s largest brownstone array to date) and the Shaffer Landfill in Massachusetts (ENR’s 2015 Best Energy/Industrial Project in New England) into clean energy providers for their communities. The firm has been involved in over 30 new arrays since 2008, including carports, rooftop installations and ground mounts, totaling over 125 MW installed.
In response to the quick growth of solar industry demand, Solar Power World has expanded its list to 500 contractors this year from 40 in 2014. With six solar installations currently under construction in the US and one in Israel, Conti continues to earn its spot on that list.
April 10 2015
Conti Solar has closed out 2014 by commissioning two solar landfill projects for PSE&G under its Solar 4 All program. The new installations are an 11.2 MW array in Deptford, NJ and a 10.1 MW array in Bordentown, NJ.
As part of the Solar 4 All program, the new landfill solar installations will provide New Jersey with clean, carbon-free renewable energy, and the power generated by these projects will be used by PSE&G electric customers.
The projects have added to Conti’s significant landfill solar portfolio, which includes 35 MW of landfill solar projects over the past four years. Conti seeks to outfit more landfills around the nation with solar installations in 2015 by continuing to work with multinational renewable energy firms such as PSE&G and Constellation Energy.