Owners engineering support
Design and product decisions have to be taken at an early stage in the development of a solar project. Since such decisions have long-term implications, they need to be sound and well informed. This is where the engineering support service GL Garrad Hassan provides for solar site owners is extremely useful.
A solar site owner benefits from a FEED study in three ways: identification of the best possible design options; estimate of the capital and operational cost budget; and delivery of specifications for construction contracts.
GL Garrad Hassan offers its engineering support services as a single FEED study, involving all the following, or a subset of them:
- Collation of site data into design basis documents (for use in FEED work and subsequent project engineering)
- FEED work addressing the key features of a project
- Identification and analysis of design options, to decide on the optimum outline design
- Estimate of capital and operating costs
- Technical specifications, and other documents needed for the procurement process
- Specific technical risk and opportunity analyses
Whenever a solar device and its components are inspected – at any stage from fabrication to periodic monitoring on site or investigation of damage – the key benefit for project developers, site owners or investors is the objectivity of an independent evaluation and the information the inspection report reveals.
Project developers, financial institutions, investors in or purchasers of a solar technology company, turbine manufacturers – all these stakeholders have a vested interest in a technical due diligence review of a specific solar device model.
An independent analysis of what progress has been made in construction of a renewable energy project is vital – not only to check if work is going to schedule but also to verify the validity of requests for payment from the construction company or sub-suppliers.
GL Garrad Hassan can provide support throughout the development, construction and operational phases of a solar project ensuring that the electrical system is performing as expected and any issues that are encountered are resolved.
Developers of renewable energy projects not only face engineering challenges. Permission for project development can only be granted once a number of environmental hurdles have been overcome.