CS Energy, an integrated energy firm that designs and builds projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries, announced a milestone and its continued growth in the northeast by providing full turnkey EPC services for over 150 MW of solar tracker projects in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut.
The six most recent of these single axis tracker solar projects averaged 25 MW in size.
The northeastern US as a region has historically lagged other areas in deployment of tracker systems due to site complexity and weather conditions.
Helping the state, utility, and local municipalities meet their sustainability goals, these six solar tracker projects diversify the utility's energy sourcing options and support local communities through lease tax incomes and an environmentally friendly operation.
Four of these projects contribute to New York’s Clean Energy Standard, which targets 70 percent of renewable electricity by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040. One of CS Energy’s latest Northeast solar tracker projects also provides more affordable energy to local communities through Maryland’s Community Solar Pilot Program.
Although it is estimated that roughly 70 percent of new utility-scale solar projects in the US now come with trackers, the Northeast is a historically non-traditional tracker region due to its challenging weather and terrain. However, CS Energy’s in-house engineering and construction teams have been able to overcome obstacles in this region to deliver efficient, large-scale tracker projects in a multitude of northeastern states.
From the initial project development and design to installation, CS Energy’s team has mastered the handling of larger snow loads as well as the onsite grading, grounding and associated approval processes required for tracker projects in this region. This has resulted in reduced challenges with tolerances as well as streamlined field installations, which in turn minimize costs and de-risk projects long-term.
CS Energy’s tracker projects in the northeast currently provide enough clean energy to power over 18,000 homes per year, or the equivalent of removing greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 34,000 cars per year. CS Energy also has 4 GW of large-scale solar tracker projects in its pipeline and anticipates continued tracker project growth in the northeast in the near future.