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Commercial Solar

The services provided to our valued clients are delivered by experienced design professionals averaging 14 plus years of actual solar industry experience.

Our team consists of licensed professional engineers with electrical and structural expertise, as well as certified NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Solar PV Installation Professionals.

Commercial Solar Services

  • Strategic Planning
  • Market Assessments
  • Business Planning
  • Business Development
  • Sales Management

Energy storage has been around for decades. But for most large-scale applications, the technology was considered prohibitively expensive.

Fortunately, this is changing thanks to constant innovation. And there now exist a range of affordable battery solutions for commercial and utility customers alike. In fact, many of these storage options are more cost-effective than traditional energy management approaches like:

  • Building new power plants.
  • Expanding current transmission lines.
Is Energy Storage the Right Solution for You?

Not every organization can benefit from on-site battery storage. But if you contact our team today, our experts will conduct detailed feasibility studies to survey your current infrastructure and energy assets.

This analysis will also include:

  • Utility interconnection considerations
  • Technology selection and upgrades
  • Payback periods and ROI forecasting

And based on the numbers, we can help you determine if energy storage makes financial sense for your enterprise.

To request your feasibility study, contact us today.

A microgrid is a localized power station that delivers electricity to nearby homes, businesses, and campuses. Although microgrids often work with the larger utility network, they also have the ability to disconnect from the primary grid and operate independently.

In essence, a microgrid is a large-scale generator capable of providing backup power to local communities. But instead of generating electricity from diesel, microgrids produce electricity from a variety of power resources, including solar and wind.

Many microgrids also come with on-site battery storage, allowing them to continue delivering uninterrupted power – even when the rest of the utility network goes down.

The Benefits of Microgrids

Reliable, uninterrupted access to electricity is the primary selling point of microgrids. But another core benefit of this technology is cost. Many commercial and academic organizations invest in microgrids to take control of their own energy production. When set up properly, a microgrid can help you avoid time-of-use pricing and peak demand charges:

  • When utility rates are high, most of your power comes from the microgrid (or its stored energy).
  • When utility rates are low, you buy the electricity you need from your local power provider.

And these benefits aren’t just limited to commercial stakeholders. Municipalities all over the country are now investing in local microgrids to power their communities.

Is a Microgrid Right for You?

A microgrid may be an ideal solution for your organization – depending on your energy goals, budget, and current utility rates.

To learn if microgrids make sense for you, contact us today for a detailed feasibility study and ROI analysis.

Although most commercial and municipal organizations rely on utility power, remaining entirely dependent on the grid can sometimes be problematic:

  • Many properties are too far from transmission lines, making it impossible to connect to the utility network affordably. Remote cabins, vacation rentals, and retreats are all prime examples.
  • Other organizations require 24/7, uninterrupted access to power. Data centers, medical facilities, and military installations can’t risk occasional grid failures.

This is why a growing number of businesses are now investing in off-grid and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) options. These backup solutions offer several important benefits:

  1. Users can store energy for emergency use – including electricity generated from clean power sources like solar or wind.
  2. Off-grid customers enjoy reliable access to electricity – even if the rest of the grid goes down.
  3. Those who invest in UPS solutions can reduce their operating costs by eliminating utility bills completely.
Our Approach to True Energy Independence

At Solar Design Studio, we take special care to properly size your storage system to ensure continuous power supply – at the lowest possible cost.

In addition, we specialize in microgrid solutions to help you integrate and store different energy technologies, whether you currently generate electricity from diesel, solar, wind, or all of the above.

And lastly, we can configure your system to deliver reliable power – even if your organization is spread across different locations.

Taking Your Solar Installation off Grid

Our storage solutions are particularly popular among solar customers – especially those who use PV panels primarily for lighting. On-site batteries can significantly reduce your operating costs, helping to speed up the payback period of your solar installation. And there exist a range of incentives that can further boost the ROI of your PV and storage investments.

To learn more about our off-grid solutions, contact us today for a feasibility study and free consultation.

  • Purchase Power Agreements
  • Solar leasing and service agreements programs
  • Project financing and leasing
  • Access to project funding sources
  • Site Survey
  • Design Drawing Package
  • Utility Application Completion
  • Site Survey
  • Project Feasibility Assessment Services
  • Energy Production Modeling
  • Return On Investment Analysis
  • Interconnection Studies
  • Design, Engineering and Permitting Drawings
  • CAD
  • Project Management
  • Commissioning Services
  • Verification Services
  • Application Feasibility Studies
  • Product Packaging

  • Sales Training
  • Installation Training
  • Technology Application Training
  • Renewable Energy Performance Studies
  • Financial benefits of Renewable Energy Studies
  • Training Field Inspection Personnel
  • Design Services
  • Site Survey
  • Project Feasibility Assessment Services
  • Energy Production Modeling
  • Return on Investment Analysis
  • Interconnection Studies
  • Design, Engineering and Permitting Drawings
  • Project Management
  • Commissioning Services
  • Verification Services

Solar Incentives

Going green is as much a business decision as it is an environmental one. By installing solar PV panels, for example, you can:

  • Stabilize your energy costs for the next 25+ years.
  • Enjoy incredibly fast payback periods – often within 3 to 6 years.

And it’s possible to boost the ROI of your renewable power investment even more by taking advantage of lucrative green incentives.

Below are some of the most popular subsidies available (as of January 2015). For a more complete list of incentives in your area, be sure to visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE).

1. Solar Tax Incentives

There are a number of tax credits, deductions, and exemptions for commercial customers who green their operations. For example:

  • You qualify for a 30% corporate tax credit if you install eligible solar PV systems on your property.
  • The Federal Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS) allows you to claim generous depreciation deductions for qualifying green investments.

If you’d like to see a realistic ROI analysis for your company’s solar project, contact us today for a detailed feasibility study.

2. PACE Financing

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is an excellent way to finance renewable power projects and energy-efficiency improvements within your organization. Instead of servicing PACE loans out-of-pocket, all future repayments are tied directly to annual tax assessments of your property.

To learn if PACE financing is available in your area, contact us today for a free consultation.

3. Rural Incentives

Lastly, there are Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants and loan guarantees to help small businesses, farmers, and ranchers green their enterprises.

Qualifying participants who live in sparsely populated areas can combine different REAP subsidies together to finance up to 75% of each renewable project.

To learn more about REAP financing in your region, contact us today for a free consultation.

Solar Project Experience

3 – 25 KW Solar PV Systems were installed on the 3 buildings which comprise the campus. Each system is comprised of 100-250 Watt Modules, 2 – Power One Inverters and Renusol VS racking for standing seam metal roofs. The systems were designed for KCPL Solar and are leased to the City of Kansas City. Mark One Electric was the solar installer.

DuraComm, www.duracomm.com, a manufacturer of AC to DC power supplies and supplier of LED lighting equipment located in Kansas City, MO, embarked on a strategic business initiative to make its 45 year old building more energy efficient. One major project involved the design and installation of a 24.80 KW Solar PV system, which is designed to produce more than 34,000 KWH of energy per year and offset the building’s lighting load of 31,500 KWH. The building is retrofitted with DuraComm LED lighting equipment.

The system is comprised of 108 – 230 Watt Panels, 3 – SMA Inverters and self ballasting racking, with a 20 degree tilt optimized for summer time power production. The project’s unique design challenge involved the development of a suitable racking solution to accommodate the structural issues specific to the roof. The system was installed and commissioned at the end of 2011.

The project’s financial benefits analysis includes a projected 25 year utility savings of $193,883, Return-On- Investment (ROI) of 4.8 years and Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 14.3%. The KCPL Solar rebate of $2.00 a watt and Federal Investment Tax Credit of 30%, as well as MACRS Depreciation Schedule with 100% bonus depreciation contributed to developing the business justification to invest in solar.

The Solar Design Studio provided services to HOK Architects of St. Louis, to design an off grid Solar PV and Wind system for an orphanage. The goal of the project is to model a replicable approach for sustainable construction and operations that respects the local ecology, culture and traditions and achieves LEED Platinum certification.

Designed around FIT goals, to ICC International Building Code 2009 and to be LEED Platinum, the project has developed several strategies to make the project as passive and as sustainable as possible.

HOK’s design solution is a three-story, L-shaped structure to serve as the main building on the site. Kitchen, dining, an open multipurpose area and administration space will be located on the first floor, with counseling and lodging for children, staff and guests on the floors above.
A separate, two-story block will house administrative offices and a training area. The building is organized around a central courtyard, the focus of social life, and is flanked by kitchen, dining and training spaces.

The design responds to the dense urban condition and prevailing westerly trade winds by organizing all of the spaces, one room thick in a cupping form (like a catcher’s mitt) facing east. The rooms have a tall aspect ratio, and will have ceiling fans to provide comfort during warm and humid still-air nights.

The Smithville Area Fire Protection District recently completed the construction of a new fire station at 18315 Collins Road near Smithville, MO.   The station was financed through a public bond offering.  In order to prudently manage the cost of operating the new station, several energy efficiency measures such solar pv and a geothermal system were incorporated into the facility.  The business case was to maximize energy production, which maximizes savings.  A 53.01 KW system comprised of premium solar modules from SolarWorld and SolarEdge Inverters were specified for this project.  This particular system was designed to produce between 8-10% more energy than a conventional solar pv system.   Year one savings is estimated at $9,069 as well as $255,241 ins savings over the 25 year life of the system.How A Fire District Can Reduce Its Operating Cost of a Fire Station  

Worldwide Energy, Kansas City’s premier energy efficiency solutions provider to business, collaborated with the Solar Design Studio to turn an under used parking structure into a revenue producing asset. The project involved installing a 119 KW Solar PV array on the top level of the parking structure located at Manor Square, Pennsylvania and Westport in the Westport area.

The above shows the under utilized parking structure prior to the installation of the solar array.

The 119.32 KW array is comprised of 628 tenKsolar 190 Watt modules, with advanced reflector technology which boost energy production by more than 50% when compared to conventional solar arrays. This array is specifically designed to produce 203, 200 KWH of energy annually. Compare this to a conventional solar array which will produce 139, 300 KWH annually. This is 69% difference. Compared to a conventional solar array, the increase energy production improves the ROI period by more then 12 months.

The Solar Design Studio was responsible for the site survey, energy production, technology selection, design and project consultation. Project was completed in under 6 weeks.

Homoloy Solar utilized the Solar Design Studio to design a 100 KW Solar PV for installation over a retention pond. The array is comprised of 528 tenKsolar 190 watt modules and utilize advanced reflector technology to boost energy production. The array made use of under utilized space and designed to produce 182, 000 KWH a year and when compared to a conventional array that produces 139,200 KWH a year, a difference of 27%.

A 25 KW Grid Tied Commercial Solar PV System comprised of 100 – 250 Watt Modules, 100 Enphase Microinverters and racking from Schletter was designed and installed on the roof of this new facility in August of 2013. The design challenge of the project was to optimize the use of a North facing standing seam metal roof, while accounting for wind loads. Schletter’s Windsafe racking was selected as the best solution to mitigate the impact of wind on the array. Design, project management and commissioning services were provided to DuraComm Solar which leases the system to Samuel R Rodgers.

This 75 KW array is the largest above roof structure in Kansas City which is installed at 310 W. 19th Terrace. The system was approved for operation in February of 2012. The structure is sloped at 20 degrees, optimized for summer power production and is designed to produce more than 100,000 KWH annually. The amount of energy produced from this system should provide the building with nearly 100% offset of energy usage.

Services were provided to Homoly Solar, www.homolysolar.com, the solar integrator. The support structure innovation was designed and developed by Homoly Solar. The electrical and racking design were the responsibility of the Solar Design Studio. The design of the system consists of 330 – 230 Watt Panels, 6 Fronius 3 Phase Inverters and CreoTecc racking from Sessions Solar. A clampless racking system was used to mitigate issues with the panels becoming loose over time due to flexing of the structure. This is a problem with conventional clamp down racking systems. The interconnection to the electric utility was accomplished with a supply side tap to each of the 4 meters serving the building.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I have had the pleasure of working with Bob for several years. In the beginning Bob taught me important basics. Over a short period of time I was equipped with the language and tools to develop projects which resulted in more than 7 million dollars of sales. Over the past 5 years Bob has been a tremendous resource handling everything from initial ROI analysis to system design, rebate/ utility paperwork, city permitting, material sourcing, and final project paperwork. I can truly say Solar Design Studios played a major role in my success.

A sincere Thank You!

Nathan Clausen

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