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SEIPS Tech Tips: Civil Engineering for Solar – Storm Water Permitting

SEIPS Tech Tips: Civil Engineering for Solar – Storm Water Permitting By Jeff Ruppert, P.E. SEIPS – Chief Executive Officer Sediment Basin with Outlet Structure One of the most common requirements for utility-scale solar farms is the need to control runoff during rainfall events, and sometimes after construction activities.  Permitting requirements generally, start at the top with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and specifically the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or

BOX Usage

As most of you know, we recently switched to Box.com for our cloud storage.  While Box is similar to Google Drive, it is also quite different in how files are shared and used.  In this and upcoming issues of [this newsletter] we plan to share tips and policy with regards to Box and how it is implemented by SEIPS/E.  We hope you will find this information useful. Sharing Files (Collaborating) Unlike how we used Google Drive, sharing files will typically be done

Design Considerations for Efficient, Safe, and Profitable Large-Scale PV Systems

Technical Considerations for Realizing a Return on Your Investment at Solar Power International Attending Solar Power International (SPI) is an exercise in prioritizing your goals.  The sheer volume of potential activities presents a decision-making challenge for most attendees. SPI, for most companies, also represents a significant investment of time and resources.  Sourcing and utilizing training to contribute to revenue generation must be top on the list of ways to realize a return on that capital. Fortunately for SPI attendees, training comes in

Policies and Links

We want to take this opportunity to share some important links with you.  You already have access to many of these links on our policy page, but we thought it makes sense to once again share access to all of this information so it is easily accessible. Contracts and Policies The first and most important links are to a couple webpages on our site that are geared specifically to our contractors.  The first one explains our contrasting process and provides links to

Numbers

As part of an effort to streamline data and tie all of our documents together numbers will be showing up all over the place where they weren’t before.  It may seem obvious to most people, but up until now our projects have not had unique numbers that identified the client and company they are associated with.  Having two companies (SEIPS and SEIE) creates an extra challenge in keeping things straight.  Hopefully our new numbering systems will make it easier for

Press Release: SEIPS Officially Open for Business

Paonia, CO, April 13, 2015 – Solar Energy International (SEI) announced the spin-off of SEI Professional Services LLC, a business dedicated to providing specialized services directly to the solar electric industry. SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) has started operations as a separate entity and integral supporter of SEI’s mission.  A portion of the revenue will be returned to Solar Energy International in support of its non-profit mission to provide industry leading technical training and expertise in

SEIPS Case Study: Honduras Commercial Solar PV System Commissioning

SEIPS Case Study: Honduras Commercial Solar PV System Commissioning In the winter of 2015 SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) performed the commissioning of a 3.03 MW grid-tied, roof-mounted PV power plant on a commercial bottling facility in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  This project is the largest roof-mounted PV system in Latin America at the time of installation. A team of two SEIPS technicians worked for 7 days alongside staff from local EPC Smart Solar and an inverter manufacturer technician to verify system performance

SEIPS Case Study: Bahamas Rooftop Solar PV System

SEIPS Case Study: Bahamas Rooftop Solar PV System During the summer of 2014, SEIPS assisted with the installation of a 36 kW roof and wall mount PV system.  Our tasks included a review of the system design and balance of system per the specifications, management of the system installation with a local subcontractor, verification of system performance and system commissioning. While the system is relatively small, the services performed cover the entire spectrum of what SEIPS offers.  The design was reviewed to