1. Solar Generation Potential Assessment
NY Engineers can analyze the photovoltaic generation potential at any project site, using official weather databases and solar simulation software. You will get an accurate calculation of how much electricity can be generated each year, based on actual site conditions.
Our design team can also rule out issues that limit solar generation, such as shading from surrounding buildings. They will identify any conditions that may hinder the performance of your solar array, and propose effective solutions from the start.
2. Electrical and Structural Assessment
Our engineering team will analyze the existing installations to determine if they are suitable for a commercial solar array. They will conduct an assessment of electrical installations and local grid capacity, identifying any upgrades necessary before going solar. A structural assessment is also provided in the case of rooftop installations.
NY Engineers can also analyze the feasibility of adding an energy storage system to your commercial solar array, and determine the optimal storage capacity if that is the case.
3. Detailed List of Permitting Requirements
NY Engineers will identify all the requirements that must be met before your commercial solar array can be installed. These include construction codes, environmental regulations and grid interconnection requirements.
If your project is located in New York state, we can help you complete the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and Coordinated Electric System Interconnection Review (CESIR).
- The SEQR is required for solar arrays covering more than 10 acres, or 2.5 acres in agricultural districts. Rooftop solar arrays are exempt from this requirement.
- The CESIR is generally required for projects over 50 kW, which may have a local impact on the power grid.
4. Identifying All Solar Incentives Available
There are many types of financial incentives for solar photovoltaic systems, which increase your return on investment. These include grants, rebates, tax exemptions, tax credits, and low-interest or zero-interest loans. The benefits available in New York state include the NY-Sun Megawatt Block Program and Retail Energy Storage Incentive Program from NYSERDA.
At NY Engineers we have ample experience with solar incentive programs and their requirements. We offer commercial solar designs that qualify under local and national incentive programs, and our team can handle the application process for you.
5. Professional Solar Design
Your commercial solar project is designed according to all applicable codes and regulations, while considering the requirements of incentive programs. Our experts can determine the optimal and layout for your photovoltaic array, based on a careful assessment of electricity needs and the solar radiation available at the project site.
6. Design Approval and Permitting
Our experienced design team ensures a quick project approval with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Having an approved solar PV design in a short time is critical when applying for incentive programs that have limited budgets.
7. Effective Project Management
NY Engineers is not only a design and consulting firm. Our team can manage your entire project throughout its life cycle, including the bidding and construction stages, and O&M once your solar array is operational.
We also manage all applications required by incentive programs, while helping you secure project financing at low interest rates.