Most Power Companies Apply A New Project Viability Calculator While Evaluating Power Purchase Agreements With Solar Farm Developer Teams

There are many actions a solar farm developer can take toward winning a power purchase agreement. One of the most important step is the Project Viability Calculator. The Project Viability Calculator has been designed so the utilities can evaluate the viability of a renewable energy project when compared to all other projects that are bidding into the renewable energy process.

The Project Viability Calculator uses a number of standardized categories and sub-categories that assist in quantifying the strengths and weaknesses of a particular project. It is not a tool to eliminate applications but rather screen them to help determine which projects have the best chance of completing construction and becoming operational.

The utilities are under state mandates to reach renewable targets. As they accept applications for projects they apply the Project Viability Calculator which allows them to understand which projects are most likely to help them meet their renewable energy goals. What many people do not know is that the utilities are required to use the Project Viability Calculator to evaluate bids.

If your project is hoping to win a power purchase agreement, one of the first steps is making sure you understand the Project Viability Calculator completely. Commercial Solar Design specializes in this type of co-developer work and is interested in helping you with your solar farm project.

Another interesting aspect to the Project Viability Calculator is that the utilities may modify the Project Viability Calculator within certain guidelines. For example, the utility may add criteria and adjust the criteria ranking. They cannot, however, delete existing criteria or add new categories. A utility cannot adjust scoring guidelines and any changes to the official Project Viability Calculator must be clearly described and documented.

If you score well in the Project Viability Calculator then you are more likely to win a power purchase agreement. The Project Viability Calculator is another critical step any solar farm project developer must complete exactly. Make sure it matches the design of the project. Lastly, make sure the Project Viability Calculator is specific to the power purchase agreement program you are applying for.

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 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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