Clean Energy Projects
The continued rapid decline in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays, combined with the five-year Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), accelerated depreciation rules, and attractive RECs markets, has resulted in commercial- and industrial-scale solar projects being economically and environmentally compelling in many geographical regions and across various project types including rooftops, greenfield, brownfield and landfill sites.
GGE Alliance partners develop solar projects for industrial, commercial and institutional clients with no capital cost options and an emphasis on brownfield and landfill sites. For solar systems already in development or installed, GGE Alliance can help owners and operators qualify their plants to meet RPS requirements, certify the plant’s production to create state-approved solar RECs, and market solar RECs to buyers in the marketplace.
Data Monitoring and Reporting
GGE Alliance partners use the Green Energy Monitoring System (GEMS), an automated energy data collection and reporting system, which enables near real-time collection of fuel, electrical and thermal information and comprehensive monitoring of any complex energy system or microgrid. This cloud-based system provides data for identifying metering and operational issues, operational control, and optimum scheduling from a single microgrid to a large portfolio of buildings.
GGE Alliance partners also developed a real-time operations scheduling software for optimizing microgrids, the Distributed Energy Operating System (DEOS). The software technology is based on a Mixed-Integer-Programming (MIP) representation of all possible energy flows both inter- and intra-site on any time increment basis (e.g. hour) over any time period (e.g. 24 hours). DEOS is integrated with GEMS to provide a virtually seamless cloud-based system for monitoring, alarms, scheduling and optimizing complex energy systems and microgrids.
Renewable Energy Credits
Twenty-nine states plus the District of Colombia have established Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) that mandate electric utilities serving retail customers in their state to provide a set percentage of their electricity sales from renewable energy. While definitions and requirements vary from state to state, most standards include wind, solar, low-impact hydro, landfill gas, biomass and geothermal generation. Utilities may meet these annual obligations through generation from their own renewable plants or from purchases from other providers with renewable generation. In either case, utilities must provide RECs as verification of meeting the mandate. RECs represent the “green” environmental benefits, or attributes, of renewable energy, where one REC equals one MWh (megawatt-hour) of renewable energy. RECs may be acquired separately from the electricity, which is typically the case.
GGE Alliance partners help owners and operators of renewable generation assets qualify their plants to meet RPS requirements, certify the plant’s production to create state-approved RECs, and market RECs to buyers in the marketplace.
Our project financing team delivers superior expertise and capabilities across the capital spectrum for commercial and industrial scale renewable energy projects.
The impact that financing terms have on the total cost of ownership of a renewable energy project is considerable often more than any other single cost. Because of this, low-cost, flexible financing and access to capital are critical to achieving long-term success. GGE Alliance partners work diligently to secure an effective project financing solution for each client.
For distributed generation project investors, leveraging our financial expertise helps them to maximize their returns on capital. For our energy customers and landowners, working with GGE Alliance partners gives them the ability to secure the benefits of renewable energy generation in the form of either energy savings or land lease payments, without an investment of capital.
As an extension to our project development services, our construction management capabilities consistently navigate commercial-scale renewable energy projects through the procurement and construction process. The result is distributed generation facilities which provide significant value to our clients.
The reliable, responsive team members of the GGE Alliance partners keep projects on track, giving our clients valuable peace of mind. We leverage our deep experience base to make informed decisions that support project objectives and exceed expectations, and provide clear communication at every stage in the process.
Our extensive relationships with equipment manufacturers, vendors, and contractors, coupled with our focus on risk management and stakeholder relations, yield projects that are constructed and commissioned on time and within budget.