One of the main benefits of working with a professional design firm like NY Engineers is getting a quick project approval with local authorities and utility companies:
- Local construction code compliance
- Environmental compliance
- Grid interconnection compliance
Commercial solar projects are subject to NYC DOB Construction Codes if located in New York City, and New York State Uniform Building Codes if located in other jurisdictions. Environmental requirements include the NY State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) if a solar PV project covers more than 10 acres, or 2.5 acres if located in an agricultural district.
Solar PV systems larger than 50 kW normally require a Coordinated Electric System Interconnection Review (CESIR), which analyzes their impact on the grid. Your solar PV design must also consider the specific interconnection requirements of the local utility company:
There may be additional permitting requirements, depending on the location of a commercial solar array and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). The list of requirements can seem long and challenging, but they are not an issue for an experienced design firm like NY Engineers.
With a quick design and permitting process, your commercial solar design can also qualify for financial incentive programs earlier. These programs often offer better incentives for first movers, and the benefits are gradually reduced as more projects get approved. There are also solar incentive programs with very limited funding - getting your project designed and approved quickly is critical if you want to qualify.
NY Engineers will conduct an inspection of your electrical installations and roof structure, to identify if any upgrades are needed before installing a solar array. Any required modifications are submitted for approval along with the commercial solar PV design, ensuring there are no delays during the construction stage. Our design engineers will determine the ideal solar array layout, while specifying a suitable racking system based on your roof material and slope.
A professional design also increases the ROI of a commercial solar array. We will determine the optimal system capacity that maximizes electricity output and savings with respect to cost. Our commercial solar design process includes:
- Photovoltaic module and inverter selection
- Optimal solar array capacity and string circuit distribution
- Solar PV simulation and feasibility study
- Electrical and structural balance-of-system
New York State has 1,607 municipalities, and any commercial solar project must be approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Depending on project location, the AHJ can also be a state organization instead of a municipal government. NY Engineers can manage any town board approvals and utility interconnection permits that apply for your project.