Project Management for a 2.1MW solar farm
We have been assisting in the development of a 4MW solar farm in the Hamilton region. We have joined the project in spring of 2011 and since then have achieved several major successes:
- On behalf of our client we have prepared an application for the CEPP grant. We are proud to say, that our client has received the largest grant for a solar project since the program's inception in 2009 - $167,000. The money is to be used for project soft costs such as developing engineering specification and obtaining the Renewable Energy Approval.
- We have found a variety of financing options for the hard costs, including full buyout option, debt/equity investment, and even investors that were ready to put down money for project development. Along with providing the finances for the projects, the investors we brought into the project offered very good rates for equipment, including fixed solutions for under $4/watt and tracking solutions under $5/watt.
- Currently we are working with the client to obtain the Renewable Energy Approval. Our role includes full project management, reporting for the CEPP grant, as well as conducting a portion of the required REA activities (such as various reports, community consultation, etc.)
Feasibility study for a 250kW rooftop & 10kW demonstrative groundmount projects
We have provided a range of consulting services related to solar PV for a large international company (which prefers to remain anonymous until the completion of the project). The client has requested to research options for a commercial scale rooftop installation and for a highly visible small groundmount installation for PR purposes.
Our services included:
A solar tree design offered to the client
- Conducting a full feasibility study for the two components of the project - the 250kW rooftop array and the 10kW groundmount component. The rooftop study included:
- Identification of the possible system size (250kW or 500kW)
- Identification of the optimal location on the roof based on shading and structural analysis, roof age and client’s preferences on equipment location
- Identification of the optimal location for the electrical equipment in the building, based on clients electrical cabling and internal processes
- Cash flow analysis
- Verification of grid capacity with the LDC
- FIT contract application
- Development of system design reccommendations aimed to improve ROI
- The key for the groundmount installation was system visibility and integration into client’s landscaping plan, thus the study included:
- A variety of design options (from simple fixed solutions, to individually designed solar trees or writing the name of the company with different coloured cells on the solar panels)
- Selection of location
- Preliminary cash flow analysis
- Currently the client is awaiting the contract from the OPA. Following the issue of the contract, we shall set up and evaluate a tender for the supply and installation of equipment. We plan to act as ownerrepresentatives during the construction of the project.