BCE’s in-house EPC team of engineers, designers, project managers and technicians have been involved in projects ranging from 5 kW residential systems to utility scale installations of 1 MW and larger. Our in-house EPC and O&M teams specialize in providing the following services:
The solar PV installation process begins with a site inspection. Qualified representative(s) visit each site in order to collect vital information to determine the best installation approach. Each inspection walked the customer through the process in full detail, discussing everything from roof and electrical considerations to BCE’s assistance with regard to obtaining permits and agreements from the appropriate agencies and utility providers. Customers can review their project’s installation status and progress via a secure online access login. Site inspection includes:
- Overview of the process with customer
- Check condition of site (if site is rooftop, the type -shingle, tile, metal, etc., is noted)
- Measure slope of roof/ground and azimuth for optimum system design
- Observe shading issues to determine best placement of panels
- Note basic electrical information of interconnection point – including the type of breaker and the best tie-in area/entry for connection of PV plant
- Explanation regarding how to review project installation status and progress online
- Completion of forms to obtain permits, including notice of commencement and net-metering agreements for BCE’s submittal and filing.
Project Economics and Solar Generation
BCE works with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) PV Watts program to determine each plant’s solar generation profile and project economics, including the internal rate return, payback period and return on investment. These results are combined with pro-active engineering and design in order to provide to optimum project economics and site plans.
BCE’s experienced in-house EPC team designs and builds all installations. All BCE employees have been trained and comply with company safety protocols and programs. All BCE systems meet the following electric power requirements:
- Installed in accordance with all applicable local electrical codes;
- All components (modules, inverters, mounting structures and balance of systems) are compliant with UL requirements or equivalent;
- All balance of system components (wiring, conduits, connections, etc.) are best suited for the conditions in which they are to be installed; and
- No interruption to the customer’s power supply during installation of the solar electric power system.
- All structural components of BCE’s systems meet the following structural requirements:
- Designed to resist dead load, live load and wind loads typical to the geographic area of installation;
- Thermal loads caused by fluctuations of component and ambient temperatures will be combined with all of the above load combinations; and
- Designed for attaining a minimum 30-year design life.
Utilizing state-of-the-art design CAD software, BCE creates the most energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing power plant designs available in the industry. BCE’s team of experienced engineers design turnkey rooftop and ground based systems in order to meet the demands of both our clients and strict municipal and county building specifications. BCE works with municipal and county building departments, as well as other permitting authorities, to ensure all plans are in compliance with the Florida Building Code, the National Electrical Code and all local jurisdictional requirements (including wind ratings of up to 150 MPH in hurricane-prone areas). BCE ensures that all permits and licenses are obtained in a timely manner.
BCE’s electrical and civil engineering teams set the bar for solar plant construction across the state of Florida. BCE provides permitting authorities with a high-level of technical documentation – including all necessary PV system engineering and design specifications and reviews – required for all of the solar PV projects. BCE’s customers experience first class, reliable performance from the solar PV systems we provide which are designed to perform at maximum capacity for more than 20 years.
BCE’s procurement team sources components from high quality manufacturers of solar power products from leading manufacturers. This includes 100% Buy America Act compliant solar panels, racking systems produced by ASP, grid-tied PV inverters, and Balance of System (BOS) components.
Our “zero-input” construction process eliminates disruption to our customers while minimizing the impact on the environment and ensuring the highest quality of workmanship available. All of our installations are inspected and graded for accuracy, quality and aesthetics by the project manager before the building inspector is called for inspection. Our construction experts have vast experience in building more than 100 ground-mount and rooftop systems – meeting construction deadlines of customers and regulatory authorities.
Commissioning and Grid Connection
BCE is responsible for placing each solar PV system into service according to all national, state and local electrical codes. This includes the connection of each system to the local utility distributor as well as the installation of disconnect switches as required by each local permitting authority.
All grid interconnection designs have inverters, disconnects and over-current protection installed in a suitable location at the facility. A set of preliminary electrical drawings is always submitted to the customer for review and approval. Each grid connection is always performed in a timely and cost effective manner by our experienced, certified professionals. Our electrical engineers have never had a system rejected by a Florida utility company.