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Moving power where it’s needed – our capabilities help provide a safer and more reliable electric grid.
In 2015, RES acquired System 3, a specialty HV electrical contractor, and established its self-performing T&D construction division. Our T&D team continues to support our clients with the same quality service of System 3, backed by the in-house engineering, HSQE (Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental) program, and project management experience of RES.
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Safety is our number one priority, whether on construction sites or in the office. We use behavior-based safety methods to supplement our safety management system and to enhance the safety culture among our work crews and subcontractors. Safety strategies include:
RES has constructed over 1,000 miles of transmission lines (up to 345kV), with EPC capabilities and engineering support available. Our transmission scope includes:
Our consistent, long-term substation crews have deep expertise in the utility and renewables spaces and our in-house engineering and procurement teams enable us to be a valuable EPC partner to our customers. With over 100 substations built to date up to 345kV, our substation scope includes:
Our experienced distribution team works on underground and overhead lines from 12kV to 69kV. Our capabilities include new construction, reconductoring, storm hardening, emergency restoration, and maintenance/rebuild. Our crews can perform work on energized lines 69kV and below.
RES can respond quickly to assist clients during storm and emergency conditions. Our crews have experience responding to ice, tropical, and seasonal storms and wildfire restoration.
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 is pleased to announce that it has been placed 55th in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 which ranks Britain's 100 private companies with the biggest sales. Other recognisable names on the list include Southern Water, Biffa and Monarch Airlines…Read More
RES is pleased to announce that it has been placed 55th in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 which ranks Britain's 100 private companies with the biggest sales. Other recognisable names on the list include Southern Water, Biffa and Monarch Airlines.
Ian Mays, CEO at RES commented on the award: “It’s great to be placed on the prestigious Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 list. This is testament to the hard work of the team here at RES and shows just how far we have come since the foundation of the company in 1982. I’m pleased that we remain at the forefront of renewable energy provision, helping the transition to a low-carbon power system”.
“We now operate in 13 countries around the world and our diversification into new technologies such as Energy Storage and Demand Side Management will only help the company continue to grow”.
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Strategic purchase will allow RES to expand transmission business, accelerate growth.
Broomfield, CO—Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. (RES), a leader in the origination, development, engineering, construction, and operation of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects across the globe, is pleased to announce the acquisition of substantially all of the assets, personnel, and equipment of System 3 Inc. (System 3), a specialty electrical contractor based in Sacramento, CA. System 3 has deep expertise and experience in constructing substation, transmission line, and collection system work in the wind and solar energy market as well as other utility and general commercial and industrial businesses. The transaction, which closed on November 2, 2015, will enable RES to accelerate growth, complete its transition towards a fully integrated self-perform contractor as well as help to diversify its services further into utility infrastructure and transmission construction.
The addition will improve RES’ competitiveness in wind, solar and storage construction, bolstering the company’s ability to engineer, procure and construct transmission lines and substations. RES’ customer pool will diversify by reaching further into general industrial and commercial sectors.
“With this acquisition, RES will be able to leverage System 3’s expertise in the renewable energy space to grow market share and provide our clients with more solutions under one company,” stated Glen Davis, Chief Executive Officer of RES in the Americas. “We will be embracing the best capabilities of both organizations.”
“We are excited to be joining RES and feel this transaction will provide a stronger balance sheet to allow for the expansion of our transmission business,” said Tom Wilbert, CEO, System 3 Inc. “RES is highly regarded in the renewable energy sector and with the benefit of their more than 30 years of experience, we will be able to focus on reaching the next level of growth that will benefit our employees, customers, and partners.”
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Joel Leineke, President of System 3, will also be President of the new entity, RES System 3, LLC, and will report to Andrew Fowler, Chief Operations Officer of RES in the Americas. System 3’s existing operations will continue as normal while some administrative services are aligned with current RES infrastructure.