Robert Healy

Robert Healy
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Analyzing Your Solar Energy Options

Analyzing Your Solar Energy Options

Clients have come to Burns & McDonnell for energy services — from large- and small-scale power production, transmission, distribution and energy consulting, and design and construction of renewable systems — for more than a century.

Let us help you find the building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar energy system to put your building in the green.

Is Your Facility a Good Candidate for Solar Energy?

Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solar systems are a renewable energy source, an important part of many government- and corporatesponsored sustainable design programs. Solar energy systems can be expensive. While environmentally desirable, not every building owner can justify such systems based on return on investment.

Burns & McDonnell has an understanding of the financial viability and can give building owners an initial feasibility analysis at no cost, based on local solar potential, utility rate structure, state incentives, Renewable Energy Credits, construction costs and other factors. We maintain a nationwide database and can quickly determine if further analysis and design is warranted. We also have in-house expertise to make these systems a reality, from feasibility studies through design, construction, commissioning and off-site monitoring.

Investor-Owned Solar Systems

Investor-owned renewable energy systems are financed, built, owned and operated for the building owners. There is no up-front capital cost for the owner. Typically, an investor sells the electricity generated by the system and receives tax credits and other incentives, such as Renewable Energy Credits, depending on the contract. Under a Power Purchase Agreement, an investor sells power back to the building user at a reduced, guaranteed rate. The result is a win-win-win for the building owners:

  • Free solar technology, reduced capital investment, and potentially a new roof
  • A lower electric rate with long-term escalation protection
  • A public green commitment to renewable energy

Saulsbury Hill Financial, Montbello and Orange, California

Burns & McDonnell performed due diligence investigations for Saulsbury Hill Financial on two rooftop thin-film solar installations of 341 kW and 177 kW in the Los Angeles area. Systems include roof insulation, PVC roof membrane, photovoltaic arrays, and associated DC and AC systems, inverters and net metering for utility use. Outside investors own the system, built on existing warehouses, and retain state and federal incentives.

Large Metropolitan Newspaper, Confidential Client

Burns & McDonnell designed a 600-kW system using amorphous silicone photovoltaic panels to attach to an existing TPO single-ply membrane on an existing newspaper facility's roof. The project is being solicited to outside investors who would own and maintain the system. The contract will be a Power Purchase Agreement in which the newspaper receives guaranteed power rates for 20 years.

U.S. Department of Energy, Multiple Projects

Burns & McDonnell is performing preliminary engineering on multiple roof-mounted and ground-mounted photovoltaic installations ranging from 250 kW to 20 MW on several high-security federal sites. These nationwide installations will be financed by outside investors who will sell power back to the government.

Qatar Petroleum, Education City, Doha, Qatar

Engineering is under way on a two-way crystalline silicone/amorphous silicone roof-mounted photovoltaic system. The arrays will be roof-mounted on dormitory buildings on this state-of-the-art campus. The photovoltaic system will generate 1 MW of power and will be part of a roof shading element. Design addresses environmental challenges such as high-temperature operating efficiencies and resistance to high winds and sand storms.

  • Feasibility studies
  • Utility rate analysis and negotiation
  • Financing
  • Investor solicitation
  • Conceptual design
  • Roofing or ground mount system design
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Off-site monitoring
  • Maintenance and operation
  • Transmission and distribution systems
  • Environmental permitting