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What you need to know about Solar PV Energy in Puerto Rico!

What you need to know about Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy in Puerto Rico and elsewhere!

1. The cost of electrical power in Puerto Rico is way too high!

2. Time is running out in order to be able to receive available benefits (depending on locations)

3. Development, Construction & Support for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects.

4. Types of large commercial PV Systems installations!


1.      Puerto Rico has the highest cost per KWHr within the US, invest in a Solar PV Systems and start saving money immediately!

At a KWHr cost of over $0.30. KWHr, the cost of electrical power in Puerto Rico is the most expensive electrical utility in the whole USA. Although the present local Renewable Energy legislation has some severe flaws, it is still very cost worthy to install a Solar Photovoltaic Energy System.

These systems have no moving parts and are warranted for periods up to 25 years. This technology is well understood and is has withstood the test of time. A solar PV system only degrades approximately 0.5% per year. This guarantees a long useful lifespan while producing free energy from the Sun into electrical energy.

By installing one of these systems in your facilities, you can substantially reduce the amount of electrical power demanded from the utility. The installations can be even sized to produce what is known as a “Net Zero” installation where the owner produces all of the energy that he needs. This type of connection is called a Net Metered connection (refer to that section within this website for further information of this subject).

Once the payback period is reached (and it is most probably much sooner than what you can imagine), all of the extra electrical power produced throughout its entire service life is just “gravy”, free electrical power for at least 25 years and more! Who can say no to this tempting scenario? These are capabilities that can be reached today with proven technology!

There are other alternatives for entities that have land available and if their location is “compatible” to existing PREPA installations, if so they could become a Solar PV Energy Generator. They can range from 1 MW to larger than 100 MW in size. These types of installations require a special permit and what is known as a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in which the Utility (ie, PREPA) agrees to by all of the energy produced at a mutually agreed price.

Under the new incentives program under Law 83 (2010), any Generator larger than 1 MW can also generate a negotiable document called a Renewable Energy Credit (REC), each REC represents a block of 1 MWHr of energy produced. These documents will be certified by the utility and serialized by the government. After this process, the REC document can be sold on the open market to those who need these Renewable Energy Credits in order to comply with Energy Conservation Laws. Thus the Generators, not only sells the produced power to the Utility at the agreed price, but can generate an extra income by selling the REC’s generated by their facilities in the open market.

Both of these alternatives encompass significant investments, but the paybacks for the same are substantial! For further orientation in this regard please contact us at emg@energysavingsengineering.com

2.      Time is running out!

There are several types of incentives which vary per location. These can help offset the initial cost and-or the Return of the Investment (ROI) of the Total System Cost. For location specific information. Please contact us at; emg@energysavingsengineering.com

3.      Development, Construction & Support for Large Photovoltaic (PV) Projects

We can be your “single source” for all of your needs in order to create, from concept to finished installation, any type of large commercial PV project such as:  

  • Commercial Roof Mounted Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
  • Large Photovoltaic (PV) Farms
  • Large Parking Canopy Mounted Photovoltaic (PV) Farms   

We have a working relationship with some of the most renowned Commercial PV Developers, Consultants, Suppliers and Contractors for any project to be built in Puerto Rico or in the Caribbean Area. 

Let our great team of engineers and knowledgeable consultants assist you or your company in the realization of any type and size commercial PV installation. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning
  • Site Surveys
  • Project Feasibility Studies
  • Design
  • Development
  • Financing
  • Construction Project Management
  • Permitting
  • Commissioning
  • Maintenance and Support
  • Applications for State Incentives, Grants or Rebates for PV installations in Puerto Rico
  • Applications for Federal Incentives, Grants or Rebates for PV installations in Puerto Rico

Together we have the expertise, knowhow and experience to handle any project of any size. If you have a Renewable Energy project or any other large project of any kind , we can help it become a reality, contact us at: emg@energysavingsengineering.com.

4.       Types of Large Commercial Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Based on the facts described in the Tax Incentives section of this document and new favorable legislation to that effect, the installation of Large Photovoltaic Systems (LPVS) in Puerto Rico now have the opportunity to become a reality.

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Example of a Roof Mounted Large PV System

These LPVS can be installed on large roofs which are found in malls, commercial buildings and on the roofs of many commercial, industrial or pharmaceutical facilities


Example of Ground Mounted Large PV System

 These systems can also be installed in large parking areas or can be ground mounted on any open ground area as shown in these photographs.


Top View of a Large PV System installed in a parking area

Depending on the client, he may want to own the LPVS installation; this is an option that is always available. Yet the majority are more interested in securing mutual arrangements with companies that will provide a “turnkey” LPVS installations within their premises, these companies are known as Solar Energy Providers or SEP.

Under such arrangements, the User secures a contract in which he will be provided a fixed electrical power rate (expressed in Kilowatt/Hours per year). The contracts are usually made for periods ranging from 20 to 25 years. The cost per KWH offers a fixed cost to the User for the contracted period (it may have a small yearly incremental cost).

By entering into this contract the User will receive electrical power at a guaranteed fixed rate in order to take care of his long term energy needs. There will be no up-front costs to him. The solar energy generated by the system is metered and the User pays only for the exact amount of the energy he receives.

This will eliminate from his operational costs the uncertainty of what will be his electrical energy costs in the future which, as history has taught us, are very prone to unpredictable but surely much higher costs!

The SEP in turn will provide all of the different resources required for the completion of every aspect of the implementation of a large solar PV system, including but not necessarily limited to:

1.    The evaluation, analysis and economical viability of the Users site.

2.    All of the required engineering design and support work.

3.    The approval of all concerned government agencies.

4.    The financing of all required capital to cover all costs involved.

5.    The complete construction and installation of a fully functional system.

6.    The engineering certification and commissioning of the new system.

7.    All of coordination in order to secure the tax credits and any other incentives that may apply.

8.    Full 24/7 on-line monitoring of system operation and performance.

9.    Complete support and maintenance for the life of the system.

 We have arrangements for providing these Large Photovoltaic Systems at very competitive costs. If you are interested in further information and a formal presentation, please contact us at: emg@energysavingsengineering.com 

 


 

 





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