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Important Considerations for Solar Project Developers: The SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) Advantage

February 19th, 2019|

SEIPS is proud to offer the very best quality assurance (QA) and engineering services to the solar industry. SEIPS consulting and design services include in-house licensed electrical, civil, and structural engineers. SEIPS offers QA site inspections during and after construction, commissioning services, and performance testing. SEIPS also offers ongoing evaluation services of existing […]

Snow Considerations and Design Criteria for Ground-Mount PV Projects

January 24th, 2019|

With team members from all over the country, and even the world, SEIPS can say that we’ve worked on PV systems in many types of weather and climate. Now that we are deep into wintertime here in the northern hemisphere, appropriately we thought we’d share some thoughts on the various impacts that snow […]

SEI Engineering Case Study: Edenton Solar – 7.5MW Solar PV System Edenton, North Carolina

December 10th, 2018|

Project Summary:

The harsh and wet environmental conditions of this coastal site, located near the North Carolina Albermarle Sound, was a challenge. Our engineering team worked closely with the developer, civil engineer, and installation team throughout the entire project to create a solid design able to stand […]

SEIPS Team Highlight: Kelly Larson

November 29th, 2018|

SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) has a unique and valuable business model in that we employ many of SEI’s instructors and curriculum developers to perform technical work for our clients.  Leveraging SEI’s vast network of instructors and subject matter experts across the entire spectrum of solar […]

SEI Professional Services Welcomes Justine Sanchez to the Team

November 7th, 2018|

SEI Professional Services is excited to welcome Justine Sanchez to our team!  Justine brings decades of experience to our team and we had a chance to catch up with her and sit down for an interview to hear about her new role with SEIPS.

SEIPS:  Welcome to the […]

SEIPS Case Study: The Nature Conservancy and SEIPS Continue Efforts with Palmyra Atoll Solar PV Microgrid

October 26th, 2018|

SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have been working together for the past couple years on operations, maintenance and system improvements for a PV micro-grid located on the Palmyra Atoll. We had a chance to catch up with Chad Livingston, Palmyra Sustainability Director, to […]

SEIPS Case Study: 200 kW Solar PV Project for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 332

October 26th, 2018|

In 2017 SEI Engineering was approached by representatives of the Northern California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. Through NECA, the local 332 chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was planning to fund a rooftop PV system that would get them closer to their goal […]

SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) Receives Prestigious Honor of 2018 Solar Power World Top 500 Contractor

July 31st, 2018|

Solar Power World, the solar industry’s leading business-to-business publication, today announced the release of its 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) from Paonia, Colorado was named to this prestigious list for the first time ever.

SEIPS earned a high ranking […]

SEIPS Tech Tips: Meter Selection for Solar PV Systems

May 31st, 2018|

by Joe Villacci – SEIPS Technical Manager

Choosing the correct meter for electrical testing means paying close attention to the specifications of the meter, testing requirements, and site conditions. Functional options, voltage, current, and safety ratings can vary dramatically between meters, which can easily lead to […]

SEIPS Case Study: Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) and Area School District Solar Deployments

April 30th, 2018|

As part of an on-going effort to encourage renewable energy in the local communities, SEI Engineering (SEIE) has been working with Solar Energy International (SEI) and the local utility company, Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) to design 10 kW grid connected PV systems for several local schools. In addition to providing modest energy […]

SEIPS Interview: Make solar power, not tobacco

March 18th, 2018|

by Janet Pelley / Originally posted by Ecological society of America

Tobacco farmers could make more money if they replaced their crops with solar panel arrays, concludes a new study (Land Use Policy 2018; doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.01.010). The substitution would reduce fossil‐fuel use, prevent displacement of food cropland by renewable energy projects, and help to eliminate a non‐food […]

SEI Engineering Helps Bring 5MW Solar PV System Online in Wadesboro, NC

March 14th, 2018|

SEI Engineering (SEIE) served as the Electrical, Civil, and Structural Engineer for the Wadesboro Solar project recently highlighted in a press release by Schletter Inc. SEIE also acted as the Design Project Manager, working closely with the developer, installer, and equipment manufacturers to efficiently execute the design of this 5MW AC (7.65 MW DC) […]

SEIPS Tech Tips: Reducing Solar PV Costs Through Quality Assurance

February 12th, 2018|

Developers in the solar PV industry face tough challenges as costs fluctuate in their capital expenditure column. In contrast, the most controllable item in their estimates can be the design and installation process itself, and specifically quality. Through a targeted quality campaign, costs can be controlled by implementing relatively small but important steps throughout the […]

SEIPS Tech Tips: Workspace Clearances for Solar PV Systems

January 25th, 2018|

by Rebekah Hren – SEIPS Senior Technician and PV System Designer – Solar Energy International Principal, CMP-4 of the National Electrical Code

Whether drafting an equipment layout for an engineered planset, physically mounting equipment, or inspecting and commissioning a solar PV system, it’s important to keep clearances in mind. Of course the first place […]

SEIPS Tech Tips: Torque advice for PV Installers – One Grunt or Two Grunts?

January 17th, 2018|

by Brian Mehalic – SEIPS Senior Technician

I inspect a lot of PV systems, and the most common problem I see is electrical connections not being properly tightened.  This is by no means a PV-specific problem, attested to by the addition of Section 110.14(D) in the 2017 National Electrical Code.  I’m paraphrasing here, but […]

SEIPS Case Study: Bedford Solar – 3MW Solar PV with Single-axis Tracking in Bedford, Virginia

January 16th, 2018|

Project Summary:

The undulating terrain of this 58-acre parcel with a project area of 16.2 acres made this a challenging site for a single-axis tracker, however our engineering team worked closely with the racking manufacturer and civil engineer to optimize the site for installation and system performance.

Design Highlights:

  • Layout takes advantage of the […]