Commissioning, Development & Engineering Expertise

Project Experience

SEC has contracted services with multiple GW's of projects in all phases. The SEC consulting team has directly overseen the complete engineering, permitting, management, construction, and commissioning of 100’s of MW of operational commercial and utility scale solar PV assets across the U.S. The team has vast experience navigating all stages of the solar and energy storage project lifecycle, below is a list of some of our projects and recurring services.

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Capacity & Performance Testing Services – 2 GW+ nationwide

ASTM E2848 & IEC 61724 based Capacity & Performance Test administration: Dozens of projects across the U.S. from 5 MW to 600 MW in scale, including bi-facial. Regression analysis performance comparison of test vs modeled data. Services include performance analytics to troubleshoot plant underperformance, updates throughout the test process, collaboration with EPC, SCADA provider, and owner throughout test period, certified performance with progress and final test reports for owners, bank engineers, and utilities.

Project Commissioning Services – 24 MW PV SAT, Fresno, CA

Project Commissioning Management: Managed, tracked, and drove commissioning and start-up process, managed and scheduled resources, stakeholders, schedules, and plant performance issues. Final QA audits. Managed utility, performance, and reactive power tests. Commissioning & certification reports.

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Project Commissioning Services – 230 MW PV SAT, Odessa, TX

Project Commissioning Management: Managed, tracked and drove commissioning and start-up process, managed and scheduled resources, stakeholders, schedules, and plant performance issues. Final QA audits. Managed utility, performance, and reactive power tests. Commissioning & certification reports.

Owner’s Representative Services – Big box retail 7 locations, 4 MW, CA

Contract Construction Management/Owner’s Rep: Concurrent construction at 7 locations in Northern & Southern CA. 2 separate SEC resources representing the owner, EPC oversight, schedule tracking, commissioning, local site host. Portfolio management through Procore, QA/QC inspections throughout.

Asset Management Services - Performance eval & modeling 875 MW

Helped client bidding O&M services define portfolio performance and quantify risk: Evaluated 475+ projects on individual and portfolio level analysis, python automated process to SAM model each project in the portfolio to quantify potential Liquidated Damages risk of portfolio with limited resource data and portfolio targets provided very late in process, NSRDB vs. portfolio owner TMY analysis, utility & DG mix

Project Commissioning Services - 2 MW DG portfolio, San Diego, CA

Independent commissioning oversight: 3rd party QA/QC inspections, I-V curve trace, megger test all power circuits, operational current tests, performance verification using Expected Power test, final commissioning report & certification

Owner’s Services – Acquisition due diligence, 10 MW PV SAT, CA

Project acquisition due diligence & fatal flaw analysis: DD investment report, review of Interconnection Agreement, entitlements, OOC, ALTA & title, geotech, PPA review, prelim engineering review, comparison PVsyst model, financial modeling, EPC budget detailed review, schedule review & risk analysis

Engineering Services - EEOR, 12 school DSA canopy portfolio 2 MW

Electrical Engineer of Record for 12 school CA portfolio: Complete electrical engineering for DSA projects, coordination with Structural and Architectural Engineers, AC & MV collection design, DC design, optimization, and calculations, AF & short circuit study, interconnection site visits, DSA permit support

Development Services - ATC fatal flaw study & CAISO IR, 60 MW

ATC fatal flaw analysis, greenfield siting, and CAISO Interconnection Request: PSLF modeled multiple present and future basecase scenarios to determine ATC, greenfield multi-parcel heavily easement constrained layout, 1-line diagram, PSLF dynamic modeling, completed CAISO IR documents for submission

Owner’s Services – development consulting, 15 MW DG portfolio, CA

Owner consulting services: Developed comprehensive project mgmt. & finance process, documents. Siting, technical & engineering oversight, rate tariff & project energy analysis, contract & SOW review, real estate & project risk review, conducted EPC RFP, project & portfolio budgeting and pro forma

Engineering Services – Design management, 55 MW SAT, 138 kV, ID

Managed engineering through permitting: Managed LV, MV & substation Electrical & Civil engineering, Interconnection & SCADA design coordination with utility and stakeholders, value engineering for substation and PV plant, pier length study for highly contoured site

Owner’s Services – QA/QC Inspections DG portfolio, 3 MW, CA

Owner’s representative engineering review, QA inspections, Commissioning: Engineered drawing review, QA site inspections & reports throughout construction, commissioning oversight & review of punchlists, data

Owner’s Services – Interconnection engr. 4 MW PV+12 MVA ESS, CA

Greenfield development & engineering services: Managed solar + storage integration, technology analysis, energy & financial modeling, GIS & civil site preliminary analysis, Interconnection Application, developed layout and 1-line diagram, preliminary SCADA integration: BMS, ESS + PV inverters

Greenfield Dev & Engineering - 125 MW PV+10 MVA ESS, AZ

Greenfield development & engineering: Site layout & GIS analysis, equipment selection, PVsyst energy model, Interconnection options evaluation and support for 230 kV interconnection request

Owner’s Engineer Services, Southern CA - 200 MW PV+20 MVA ESS

Greenfield development & owner’s engineer services: Development and engineering consultations, preliminary layouts in highly constrained site, GIS & civil site/slope analysis, energy modeling, review of CAISO interconnection options, created project development schedule, technology options analysis, qualified engineers and consultants to be hired, SOW review & comments, created DOR matrix

Development Engineering Services - 350 MW PV, TX

Greenfield development & engineering: Site layout & GIS analysis, technology selection, PVsyst energy model, Interconnection options evaluation and support for 230 kV interconnection request

Greenfield Development Services - 160 MW PV, LA

Greenfield development & engineering: Site layout, GIS review, equipment selection, PVsyst energy model

Commissioning & Performance Certification - 1 MW canopy project

Independent commissioning oversight & report: Created commissioning plan & forms for client, review of all I-V curve trace, Voc, IRT, operational current & commissioning data, review of thermographic images, performance verification using Expected Power test, final commissioning report & certification

Energy Model Evaluation - 3 MW canopy & rooftop DG portfolio

Independent review of energy model: Independent review of energy modeling for 7 site portfolio, created shading scenes, stringing of sheds, review loss assumptions, matched losses to engineered plans

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