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Assisting in either an advisory or project management role, we provide an extensive and tailored service for organizations looking to undertake a solar project of any scale.
Solar operations and maintenance services
RES is a full service company with in-house operational resources in engineering, development, and construction to improve engineering decisions, increase resolution speed, and assist in identifying operational issues:
For any identified issue, a strong team of design engineers are tasked with determining the operational issue, working with the manufacturer to identify a solution, confirming the efficiency of the proposed solution, and ensuring a quick implementation. RES also boasts expertise in electrical and civil design. RES operations team reviews all retrofit plans, crane lift procedures, and HV switching procedures proposed by O&M to ensure safe and effective operation.
As a solar project moves from development through construction and into operations, effective communication between the three teams is a RES strong suit. Monthly reconciliation checks are performed with the development team using operational data to confirm initial design of the development project and to identify potential operational issues by comparing modelled production and efficiencies to observed data. The construction and operations teams work closely together to close out any remaining punch list items and quickly handle warranty claims.
Our solar O&M team provide competitive maintenance services designed to lower costs and minimize lost production, whilst improving future production.
We monitor projects 24/7 from our Control Centre, which provides essential supervision for work on remote sites.
Located in the U.S., the $250 million Webberville Solar facility is contracted to Austin Energy for 25 years, and is expected to generate enough energy to power 5,000 average homes annually.
One of the challenges presented by this project was the clay soil located in the northern part of the site. Clay expands and contracts dramatically as the moisture content changes, which in turn can work the tracker foundations out of the soil.
To counteract this, our engineering team determined the appropriate depth for the foundations by conducting extensive pull-out and lateral load deflection testing on sample foundations at various locations on the project site.
The logistics of the project were also significant. At one point, 66 Sea-Land containers containing 29,000 PV modules were received at the site over a nine-day period.
We successfully managed the scheduling, tracking, and sequencing the delivery of all the components, and the project was completed on schedule.
RES in the Americas
Situated in the south of France near Carcassonne, the "Lé Camazou" ground-mounted PV power plant is the second built by RES in France. With an installed capacity of 12 MW, it will provide sufficient green electricity for more than 3,000 homes. In an effort to support the emerging solar industry in France, RES purchased the 46,000 photovoltaic panels from the French manufacturer, SILLIA VL.
The plant was built in record time (4 months start to finish), thanks to RES’ very high level of expertise during the engineering phase and an excellent coordination with our industrial partners. In total, 37 different contractors (approximately 150 people) took part in the construction of the site and two-thirds were local or regional companies.
RES in France
This is what America's eco city of the future looks like
Georgetown mayor Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists
by Tom Dart in Georgetown, Texas - The Guardian
When the caller said he worked for Harry Reid and the former Senate majority leader wanted a word, Dale Ross assumed it was a joke. “OK, which of my buddies are messing with me today?” he wondered.
He shouldn’t have been so surprised. Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources.
Georgetown’s location in oil-and-gas-centric Texas and Ross’s politics add to the strangeness of the tale. The mayor is a staunch Republican at a time when a Republican president – and his Environmental Protection Agency administrator – reject the scientific consensus on climate change and are trying to revive the declining coal industry.
Ross has appeared in a National Geographic documentary, a forthcoming film about clean energy for HBO directed by James Redford (son of Robert) and in this year’s follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, which saw the advocate and former vice-president Al Gore visit Georgetown.
The day after we met at city hall, just off Georgetown’s charming main square, Ross was set to fly to Utah to introduce a screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Then it was on to Las Vegas to reunite with Gore, a fellow speaker at Friday’s National Clean Energy Summit, an event co-hosted by Reid, a Democrat from Nevada. Next week, a conference in Oakland, California. Next month, a green energy panel in Nova Scotia.
“You should see the fan mail that I get, especially with the movies,” Ross grinned. The 58-year-old said the decision to follow the lead of Burlington, Vermont – the first US city to run solely on renewable energy – was not the product of liberal do-gooder vapours wafting up Interstate 35 from nearby Austin. It was based on cold-eyed pragmatism, the fruit of the kind of careful numerical analysis he performs in his day job as a certified public accountant.
“The revolution is here,” he said. “And I’m a good little Republican, a rightwing fiscal conservative, but when it comes to making decisions based on facts, that’s what we do.”
The facts, Ross said, are that when Georgetown negotiated power supply deals the cost was about the same between natural gas and wind and solar, but the natural gas option would provide only a seven-year guaranteed contract whereas 20-25 year proposals were on the table from renewable providers.
Georgetown officials decided to lock in a long-term rate to eliminate price volatility, mindful of the risk that future government actions might send fossil fuel costs soaring.
Prices in the city, Ross said, have declined from 11.4¢ per kilowatt hour in 2008 to 8.5¢ this year. Georgetown sources most of its power from a wind farm 500 miles away in Amarillo and will get solar energy from a farm in west Texas that is expected to be finished next June, meaning the city can attain its 100% renewable goal even when the wind isn’t blowing. This year, Ross said, the tally is about 90%, down from 100% in 2016.
“I think it’s a big step for Texas, for Georgetown,” said Christian Soeffker, who runs a toy shop on the square. “We just like the idea of being in a town that is in some ways special because we’ve got all that green energy.”
Georgetown makes headlines not only because so few US cities run entirely on renewables, but because it has a conservative mayor willing to make compromises and fraternise with high-profile Democrats in a hyper-partisan era where climate change is one of the most divisive subjects.
“How is anybody going to compete with wind and solar?” said Ross, who has ordered an electric-powered BMW scooter from California and plans to fit solar panels at his home and office.
All the same, he voted for coal’s biggest champion in last November’s presidential election – Trump was “like, my eighth or ninth choice” in the primary, he said – and went to his inauguration, which he said was “phenomenal”, even if it cost $700 for a basic hotel room. His support is not unquestioning, though.
“When Trump was campaigning he was talking about clean coal and we’re going to bring coal jobs back? That is a mirage, that is not going to happen,” he said. “Coal is one of the most expensive forms of fossil fuels to produce. And those jobs are never going to come back, ever. They’re done.”
As for any policies the federal government might enact to boost the coal industry, such as the decision announced on Tuesday to scrap the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan?
“Isn’t that sort of like putting a Band-Aid on somebody that has terminal cancer?” Ross said. “I’m not the smartest guy in the room but it’s not that complicated, OK? How’s fossil fuels going to compete in the next five years? They’re not going to be able to compete.”
Texas is the US leader in wind energy capacity, even as many of its politicians maintain absolute fealty to fossil fuels that are a key economic driver and still the supplier of most of the state’s electricity. It has lagged behind other states in solar capacity but is starting to realise its potential.
“We have so much area in Texas that’s ideal for solar,” said Joey Romano, a 35-year-old with a small solar farm 50 miles west of downtown Houston. “Solar and wind, unsubsidised, today already can compete with coal,” he said.
Local Sun has about 100 residential customers. Completed at the end of 2015, the farm is located in a rural county that gave Trump 79% of the vote. But Romano said local officials recognised the potential for jobs and revenue and were happy to help the project get off the ground. Beehives stand among the 15,000 panels.
“We call the programme ‘farm-to-market solar energy’,” Romano said, at his office in central Houston.
Local Sun is a boutique operation in partnership with MP2 Energy, a retail company owned by Shell, and it is designed to attract those willing to pay a small premium for an eco-conscious local product, much as food shoppers might spend a little more for organic groceries.
However modest, its very existence feels like a significant marker in a city that is known as America’s oil and gas capital but is in fact the nation’s biggest municipal user of green power.
On the other hand, environmental activists worry that solar’s growth will be stunted in Texas and across the country if, as appears likely, the Trump White House imposes prohibitive tariffs on imported solar panels.
“They may harm thousands of installation jobs in favour of a few hundred manufacturing jobs, so that could hurt,” said Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund, who believes renewable energy will thrive even if federal incentives end and barriers are erected.
“You can’t stop the technology. It’s too good, the prices are too good, and people want it,” he said.
Ross agrees that market forces will prevail. On Friday, the day of the clean energy summit, Texas’s largest electricity producer announced it would close two more coal-fuelled power plants in the state.
Luminant cited challenging economic conditions including low wholesale and natural gas prices and the growth of renewables. A week earlier, the company said that in January it will retire a large coal-powered plant in east Texas.
“We were on the frontier of the fossil fuel business, oil and gas,” Ross said. “And now Texas again is on the frontier of the new energy that’s going to be the future.”
RES Australia has signed a long term corporate power purchase agreement with Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications and media company. This will support the development of a recently consented 70 megawatt (MW) solar farm on a single 160ha si…Read More
RES Australia has signed a long term corporate power purchase agreement with Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications and media company. This will support the development of a recently consented 70 megawatt (MW) solar farm on a single 160ha site near Emerald in Queensland, Australia. The project will start construction later this year and is expected to be operational in the second half of 2018, delivering enough renewable generation to power up to 35,000 homes.
The RES Australia team has been able to draw upon RES’ global market-leading expertise in securing offtake agreements with global leaders such as General Motors, Google and Microsoft.
Under this new agreement Telstra will benefit from long term energy security to mitigate the risk of energy price volatility in its position as one of the country’s largest energy users.
Telstra’s involvement was critical in underwriting the project, worth around $100 million, as an important addition to Australia’s supply of renewable energy and extending RES’s portfolio of solar, wind and battery storage assets in the country.
Marco Perona, RES Australia’s CEO, said "Corporate PPAs are particularly well suited to the Australian energy market dynamics so I would like to commend Telstra for taking the corporate initiative to lead the market. We look forward to delivering this project in partnership with them."
"I am delighted we have been able to apply our global experience in long term power purchase agreements to tailor a deal around Telstra’s requirements. We are looking forward to working with the local community in Emerald to realise the jobs and economic opportunities this project will create in regional Queensland," said Mr Rebbeck, RES Australia’s Chief Operating Officer.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes also welcomed the announcement. "I’m delighted that RES Australia as chosen Emerald for its investment," he said. "This region is perfect for renewable energy projects and we’re looking forward to working with the company to facilitate local contracts as the site develops."
Ben Burge, Executive Director of Telstra Energy, said the agreement was an important step in enabling Telstra to more actively manage energy consumption and costs, whilst also contributing to reducing emissions and stimulating investment in regional Australia.
The Australian market for corporate PPAs is poised for significant growth due to rapidly accelerating electricity and gas prices. RES is well placed to capitalise on the opportunity with a significant pipeline of solar projects across key States, alongside a high quality wind farm development portfolio, a market leading energy storage offer and renewable generation Asset Management services for investors.
Doug Smith, Head of Solar, RES Australia
Rebecca Meek, Development Project Manager (Emerald), RES Australia
RES' Shalini Ramanathan, VP Origination, was asked by Environment America to share her opinion that moving to 100% renewable energy is both necessary and achievable. The goal of the site is to highlight the range of leaders who have embra…Read More
RES' Shalini Ramanathan, VP Origination, was asked by Environment America to share her opinion that moving to 100% renewable energy is both necessary and achievable. The goal of the site is to highlight the range of leaders who have embraced a goal of "powering ourselves with clean renewable energy."
"I believe in a massive shift to green energy because it’s an essential part of tackling climate change – and because it can work." said Shalini Ramanathan.
Go here for her full quote.