Solar

Advanced Energy ensures that solar PV projects are installed to quality standards, provide optimal performance, and can be maintained for safe and reliable operation for the life of the system. Our position as an independent engineering services provider allows us to analyze PV facilities with a fresh and unbiased approach. We take the time to collaborate with your team from planning to installation and beyond. With our decades of experience ranging from commercial to large utility scale projects, we have the knowledge and expertise you can depend on.

Services

Interconnection Commissioning

Interconnection Commissioning is an established, turnkey program that helps utilities protect the power quality, reliability and safety of the utility grid by ensuring the safety and dependability of distributed energy resources (DER) connected to the grid.

The Interconnection Commissioning process verifies whether the DER facility complies with the documentation on file with the utility and all relevant codes and standards. This includes review of the facility as-built construction for compliance with documentation studied and approved by the utility, assessment of the facility’s AC construction to ensure it is built to quality standards, verification of interconnection equipment settings, and conducting three-phase and single-phase cease to energize testing.

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Utility Distributed Energy Resources Consulting

We work with utilities of all sizes to consult on DER standards, compliance, troubleshooting of PV systems and program design. Our team has extensive technical expertise in utility scale solar safety and quality compliance. We are also able to help utilities with consulting on residential, small commercial and community solar educational resources.

Battery Storage Commissioning

With the increase in prevalence of battery storage systems, we have expanded our technical expertise to consult and commission battery storage facilities. Battery storage commissioning can happen in conjunction with PV commissioning or we can commission a battery only facility.

Solar Feasibility Studies

Are you considering installing solar at your property or business? We can provide you with an unbiased and independent analysis to help you evaluate the viability of pursuing a solar project. We’ll work with you to evaluate the most important considerations, including economic, market, technical, financial and management feasibility.

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Trainings

Our customized trainings help to educate utility staff, developers and contractors on a variety of technical topics. These have included trainings on commonly found items during inspections, an inspection and commissioning overview and general PV construction quality best practices. We offer trainings both virtually and in-person.

Credentials

  • Licensed Professional Engineering Firm
  • Decades of experience working with PV systems
  • Third-party commissioning and inspection services for more than 250 commercial and utility scale PV systems
  • Experts in National Electrical Code (NEC) and National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
  • North Carolina licensed electrical contractor on staff

Programs

Duke Energy PV Interconnection Commissioning

Advanced Energy leads Duke Energy’s PV Interconnection Commissioning in their North Carolina and South Carolina territories. PV Interconnection Commissioning includes review of facility as-built construction for compliance with documentation studied and approved by the utility, assessment of the facility’s AC construction to ensure it is built to quality standards, verification of inverter and/or customer recloser interconnection protection setpoints, and conducting three phase and single phase cease to energize testing.

NC GreenPower

NC GreenPower is a nonprofit run by Advanced Energy that works to improve North Carolina’s environment by supporting renewable energy and carbon offset projects and providing grants for educational solar PV installations at K-12 schools.

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