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What Happens at This Stage? The first step EI Solutions takes is to determine whether solar power actually makes sense for your company. We look in detail at your energy usage patterns, the quantity of energy your business consumes, and the potential energy savings for your company. The bottom line? Does the anticipated return on your investment make it financially worthwhile to install solar power at your facility? If not, we'll tell you. What to Expect If on-site solar generation looks financially promising for your company, we will deliver a proposal that outlines your project, including a general budget, construction timeline, energy output and other specifics about your system. The EI Solutions Difference: Free Solar Savings Strategies To determine the true cost of power at your facility, we start our assessment with a rigorous, quantitative analysis of your historical utility usage and billing data. At this point, we also perform a preliminary energy Site Audit to uncover and address any hidden trouble spots that could diminish the ultimate yield of your system. Using this input, along with preliminary assumptions about solar energy system performance and financing, we then develop a free Solar Savings Strategy for your facility. This customized document includes an estimate of your potential savings and the expected rate of return on your investment. What to Expect This is the point in the process when the final design is adjusted to ensure that it delivers the energy and financial returns envisioned in the original assessment. We work closely with you to fine-tune your system's design to be aesthetically pleasing while still maximizing the resources already available at your site. The EI Solutions Difference: Full-site Engineering Audits During the design phase, EI Solutions begins its full-site engineering audit of your facility to identify and solve any site-specific challenges — before they can turn into full-blown problems. For instance, is your power company's existing electrical equipment strong enough to support your new solar power system? Are there any issues with positioning a crane to lift the panels onto your roof? Will the roof support the load of your system? Does it need repairs before we install? By anticipating these and any of the other problems that could arise during the installation of your system, EI Solutions helps make sure your project stays on time — and on budget.
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What Happens at This Stage? At the design stage, EI Solutions will determine the actual placement and layout of the modules, panels and other components of your system. This is when important architectural issues will be addressed, including the physical look of your final installation and whether it will be mounted on the roof, ground, or other location. What Happens at This Stage? Much more detailed than the design phase, the engineering stage is where all of the minute specifications of your solar system get determined. At this point, we will specify the type of wiring, connector boxes, PV panel supports and other components that will be used in your final installation, as well as address any anticipated structural problems. What to Expect At the end of the engineering phase, EI Solutions will present you with a finished system design for your approval, including a final installation price. Once approved, we submit this design to your local building department so that they can issue the necessary permits. The EI Solutions Difference: Comprehensive Solar System Plans EI Solutions utilizes the engineering phase to develop a comprehensive solar system plan that's not only tailored to your facility, but achieves the financial goals established in your custom Solar Savings Strategy. Thanks to our full on-site engineering audit of your facility, you're assured of receiving the best-cost solution that meets your specific solar energy needs.
What Happens at This Stage? When it comes to solar power systems, all components are definitely not created equal. There are a host of suppliers offering a wide variety of photovoltaic (PV) panels including monocrystalline, polycrystalline, thin-film, and others. Each of these solar technologies comes with its own characteristics, efficiencies, and costs. What to Expect EI Solutions will recommend specific components — including panels, inverters, mounting systems, and more — based on the particular needs of your project and its location. For example, we pay particular attention to the weather patterns at your site in order to recommend the type of solar panel technology that will provide the most energy over the course of the year at the most effective price. The EI Solutions Difference: Wide Selection from Many Trusted Suppliers EI Solutions has long-term relationships with many different suppliers and an intimate understanding of the specifications of each component. We work hard to build a system that's optimized for your company, your needs, and your site.
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Our Product Agnostic Approach EI Solutions' first and last commitment is to our customers. We seek to optimize the operational and financial performance of your solar installation, and so we use the modules, inverters, mounting systems and related technologies that best suit the unique characteristics of your site. Our agnostic approach assures us excellent relationships with suppliers and vendors, and has helped us build a firm base of knowledge and relationships in the community of solar leaders. What Happens at This Stage? Many of our clients find it more appropriate to use a financing solution for their solar systems. Some prefer to use a power purchase agreement, whereby you pay only for the electricity you generate while a third party actually owns your system. Others prefer to finance their systems, using their energy savings to service their finance cost. Our goal is to put the right package together to meet the needs of your business. What to Expect We have a deep understanding of the range of financial incentives available to you — such as tax credits, accelerated depreciation benefits, and utility incentives — as well as appropriate financing arrangements. We will assist you in preparing all paperwork and filing for all available solar incentives associated with your system. To meet your financing needs, we will do all the upfront legwork and research to bring you the best financing option for your system. The EI Solutions Difference: Unbiased Financing Advice At EI Solutions, our entire objective is to find the right financing solution for your specific situation. We do not accept commissions or other incentives from our financial partners, so we are not prone to recommend one option over another. We are solely focused on maximizing the return on your investment in solar electricity.
What Happens at This Stage? The actual installation of a PV solar system is generally a very straightforward procedure using standard construction techniques. But whether the installation goes smoothly — with no costly surprises — depends on careful planning and preparation before reaching this stage of the process. What to Expect To ensure installation goes off without a hitch, EI Solutions conducts a thorough assessment and audit of your site that results in a truly accurate set of engineering drawings. Without this crucial step, unforeseen complications and problems may occur during installation that will cost your company both time and money.
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The EI Solutions Difference: Heading Off Costly Potential Problems At EI Solutions, we have the extensive project management skills and technical expertise required to make sure your installation goes absolutely right. Our project management team includes long-time veterans of both the construction and solar power industries. These highly trained professionals can spot potential complications before they result in a project delay, power interruption, loss of productivity, or other expensive problems for your company. What Happens at This Stage? Following installation and testing, EI Solutions will train you in the maintenance of your PV system to keep it operating at maximum productivity and efficiency. Our customer service team ensures the successful administration and execution of all warranty coverage, field service and technical support. What to Expect In the early stages, your comprehensive solution — aesthetic, environment and financial — is facilitated by the close collaboration of our construction management team and your facilities and energy management team. After the completion of your PV project, maintaining your solar system is a relatively easy task. By simply washing your PV panels periodically, keeping trees and other foliage trimmed back, and performing other minor routine maintenance annually, you can look forward to receiving years of problem-free service from your system. However, for those moments when your PV system may need additional operating and maintenance services, our customer service team offers a variety of standard and premium service level agreements that assures every customer an optimal level of support. EIS provides a no-cost repair/replace warranty coverage on all its solar installations. We can also provide: • • • • • • • long-term performance data and meteocontrol analysis administrative services to expedite your incentives from government agencies and utilities landscaping and maintenance on ground-mounted arrays bill analysis and customized reports site security site tours and personnel training full service operation, if desired
From project commissioning and onsite training to warranty and service agreement terms, we serve you to deliver the full potential of your solar electric system. Project Completion • • • • • Project Inspection System Testing Commissioning Report Onsite Training - Safety and Operations Operation Manual and System Binder
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Warranty Support • • • • Warranty Claims RMA Processing Field Service - Diagnostics and Repairs Technical Support
Service Agreements • • • • • • • • • • • Performance Website Performance Reports Monitoring and Data Analysis Preventative Maintenance Scheduled Inspections and System Testing Non-Warranty Diagnostics and Repairs Array Cleaning Energy Efficiency Services Bill and Rate Analysis Performance Guarantees REC and PBI Billing and Reporting
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