When Looking For Solar Farm Equipment Consider Acquiring Them Via A Solar Farm Development Firm

A solar farm development project begins with an individual or group called a developer. The developer wants to put a solar farm on vacant land. A site tour shows that there are power lines along the boundary but no one is certain what kind of power lines are on the property. After further review the developers start the complicated conditional use permitting process. Conditional use permits include seven to ten major steps with many sub-steps in each part of the process. Parts of the conditional use permit are also required in the interconnection application.

Another challenging process is the interconnection application. Any missteps in either the conditional use permitting or the interconnection application may result in a failed project. The riskiest part of a solar farm project is the time between concept and issuance of the conditional use permits and the power purchase agreement. By this time, the solar farm project financial and legal work must have already been correctly modeled. Once a developer has the permits and PPA the construction funding will generally follow.

Of course there are many more steps to a solar farm project than we can cover in this article. However, one very important aspect of a solar farm project is that of sourcing solar farm equipment. Solar farm project developers experience difficulty about the time they begin looking for solar farm equipment. Commercial Solar Design works with developers to help them source the project at prices that make the financial models work.

As you begin to engineer a solar farm you will determine that there are a lot of systems and components that are not available at the local hardware store. The developer begins to call vendors and wonders why they don’t hear back. The solar farm equipment vendors have all seen hundreds of projects with few successful ones.

The reality as of October 2010 is that as of today there are only 12 operating solar farms in the USA over 5 megawatts. That number will grow soon. It nevertheless illustrates how few successful projects there have been to date.

If you want to build a successful solar farm project you need to co-develop with a team that has the experience in all areas of the solar farm project. Don’t forget that the utilities want to work with teams of industry professionals who are power production professionals. Begin now by contacting Commercial Solar Design about your project and learn how their team of dedicated solar farm professionals can get your project across the finish line.

About Sy Richardson

Sy Richardson brings years of high level client interaction. He is an expert in strategic thinking, problem solving, negotiation and logistics. His first solar company was started in the 80s in Miami Fl where his company installed over 3,000 residential solar systems. In 2008 Mr. Richardson refocused on utility scale solar projects and has many connections in the industry. He founded Commercial Solar Design, a company focused solely on solar farm development projects. Sy is involved in all stages of the solar farm project life. Sy is currently the Executive VP of EternaTile, Inc. EternaTile has completed 6 years of R&D and is now the best performing roofing system on the market. The EternaTile fully integrated BIPV Roofing System will follow later in 2016. The patented EternaTile Roofing System takes rooftop performance and integrates solar PV to the next level by encapsulating solar cells in the roofing tiles. The integrated solar delivers a beautiful rooftop solar solution as compared to mounted solar panels. Contact Sy or visit www.eternatile.com for more info. He loves working with the Maine Island Trail Association, and other earth friendly organizations. He has a wealth of information regarding solar and industrial technical issues. Specialties: Utility Scale Solar Farm Projects Distributed Utility Pre-Construction Development CAISO Interconnection Application Review
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