Engineering & System Design
This phase, a solid schematic basis for commercial solar design is usually established. It shows an overview of solar module placement and orientation. While this basic site plan remains open to changes as due diligence reports continue to come in, any subsequent modifications tend to be relatively minor.
“Scope Lock” for the project is established early in the design process. While more detailed plans will follow, at this stage all parties review and approve the basic placement of solar modules and plans for interconnection to the electrical grid. This stage in commercial solar design helps set expectations about the final form the installation will take. More detailed design work follows. Permit drawings (which eventually become final construction drawings) are developed next. You will have a chance to review and approve these designs throughout the commercial solar installation process. The solar equipment provider’s project manager is usually the main point of contact for project updates and other communication with your organization.Applying for permits is a subset of the engineering and design phase. You can expect most solar developers to handle the permitting process for you. You should be aware, however, that some jurisdictions are more familiar with and open to the concept of solar projects than others. Once permit drawings are submitted, you’ll learn very quickly how the building department in your area operates. Experienced solar developers can often anticipate the preferences of particular permit-issuing officials.
Operation, Monitoring & Maintenance
Preventative maintenance services specifically tailored for your site are the best way to ensure optimal array performance. Our service department made up of highly-trained solar professionals have extensive experience with addressing array issues and comprehensive maintenance.
Our service packages range from basic annual inspections and performance reports to regular monitoring checks and semi-annual site inspections. In addition, as your installer, we will specify our guarantee for workmanship in your contract.
On a component level, the degree of support you receive from your solar equipment manufacturer will be specified in your warranties pages located in your Operations Manual. This ensures that if any component were to fail prematurely, the customer will receive a replacement as specified in the terms of the warranty. As your installer, we will ensure these replacements are completed timely, and to your satisfaction.