ANTARES Report Published on Colorado Energy Office Website

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) released a report entitled, “Colorado Customer-Sited Energy Study.” The published report is a summary of a more detailed study completed by ANTARES late in 2015. Colorado Customer-Sited Energy Study_0_001The press release for the announcement can be found here. The purpose of the study was,

…to conduct a study to determine the size and characteristics of the market for customer-sited energy systems in Colorado. The study primarily targeted energy technologies that are eligible under Colorado’s renewable energy standard (RES), including solar photovoltaics (PV), small wind turbines, small and micro-hydropower, waste heat recovery, solar thermal heating, ground source heat pumps (GSHP), and energy storage.

As part of the effort, ANTARES constructed a large database and used advanced data analytics to validate data collected from a variety of sources. Data analysis included the use of geolocational data to validate address information and energy system data.

The importance of this work is that the baseline data will be useful in cataloging and characterizing the long-term performance of small-scale renewable energy systems across the Colorado. In the future, ANTARES believes that the data collection and analytical methods developed are broadly applicable to jurisdictions across the United States. ANTARES is engaging state energy offices across the country to complete similar assessments. Look for more reports to come in the near future.

Section 1603 Grant Limited for Biomass Cogeneration Facility

In January of this year, the Court of Federal Claims issued an opinion that upheld a substantial reduction in grant payments owed to W.E. Partners II (a biomass energy project) under Section 1603 of the Treasury Grant in lieu of tax credits program. The ruling was significant in a variety of ways, but most importantly it signals that some biomass energy projects that include heat and power may be treated unfavorably in this, and possibly other related federal incentive programs.  For an excellent treatment of this particular case, Hunton & Williams has posted a brief on their website.

While ANTARES is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice, we are regularly engaged with clients who rely on policies that offer financial benefits to improve the viability of renewable energy projects. If you are looking to develop a project, or have a project that you need help with, please let us know. Energy efficiency and renewable energy projects are all that we do and even if we can’t help, we probably know someone who can.

ANTARES Offers Complimentary Solar Energy Site Assessment Service

ANTARES Group Incorporated (“ANTARES”), Lanham, MD announced the launch of a free, web-based service intended to spur nationwide development of rooftop and ground mounted solar PV systems in the commercial/industrial sectors. Chris Lindsey, a Principal in the company, stated, “We kept getting calls from organizations that wanted help understanding if there was any real potential for developing solar projects at their site. The cost of a full-blown feasibility study is often a barrier to further discussions, and a simpler analysis is all that is usually required to keep good projects moving forward. Since we have gotten very good at offering feasibility services to our clients, we decided that we could offer a free assessment to help interested parties determine if their site has the potential for development. We also plan to pair that analysis with our industry contacts to help get more projects moving.”

Completing the initial data request form only requires entering a few important facts about a particular site. Unlike “do-it-yourself” websites, an ANTARES staff member with expertise in solar project development will analyze the supplied data and return a customized report. ANTARES has indicated that their analysis will be completed and returned within approximately two business days. The report is presented in a graphical format that is easy to understand and will indicate the site’s development potential and provide customized recommendations.

Organizations or individuals wishing to use the new service may go to the company’s website – http://antaresgroupinc.com/solar-site-leasing/ 

ANTARES is an engineering and project management company exclusively dedicated to clean energy technologies. The company was established in 1992, and its clients include private companies, state/federal governments and a variety of non-governmental organizations.

For more information:
Christopher Lindsey,
(301) 731-1900 ext. 16
clindsey(at)antaresgroupinc(dot)com
4500 Forbes Blvd, Suite 410
Lanham, MD 20706

Originally published at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/04/prweb12650000.htm

Happy New Year!

As this is the first blog posted by ANTARES in 2015, I would like first to wish all of our blog subscribers a Happy New Year. The start of a new year is a time of reflection in any industry, but as a sector filled with projections, this is especially true for energy. While there is much left to do to secure a fully realized sustainable energy future, considerable progress has been made in recent years. Specifically, I am very happy to note that in 2014 renewable sources accounted for nearly half of all new electrical generation. It is somewhat surreal to recognize that wind and solar now represent a meaningful part of the U.S. energy supply (follow this link for a playful treatment of these facts). There are many reasons for this, but renewable energy sources are now penetrating into markets that are well beyond “ideal” southwestern resource locations. Massachusetts, for example, installed more than 350 MW of solar power in 2014 according to a recent report produced by GTM Research and SEIA.

Perhaps even more important, many of these gains are being made despite the very low price of natural gas-a tough competitor under any circumstances. I don’t know what future gas supplies and prices will bring and with the likely reduction of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) starting in 2017, there is a lot of room for speculation on where the market will be in the coming years. However, the momentum gained in the past few years by solar and wind are a good sign that a balanced, sustainable energy future which is built on the back of renewable energy is more than a “side case” in those energy projections.

For the staff at ANTARES, 2014 was an exciting year filled with helping clients develop solar energy projects, reducing industrial energy use, supporting government agencies meeting ever tightening mandates and surging interest in large-scale bioenergy projects.  We hope for more of the same in 2015 and the continued success of those working hard to make renewable energy projects happen

How Do I Include Incentive Programs in my Decision Making Process? The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

For the past two decades, ANTARES has been in the business of helping its clients take advantage of government incentive programs to launch their renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. This has ranged from helping them secure funding for R&D efforts to rebates for commercial lighting projects. It is fair to say that we have covered a lot of territory on this front and I thought it might be valuable to write a short blog about how we think most clients should incorporate incentives into their decision making process. [Read more…]

CHP: The Sweet Spot for Industrial Biomass Energy

Last week, Montana lumber company F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. announced its new 2.5MW biomass CHP project. You can read the original article here. Also check out this article from last year which has more information on the details of the project.

This type of project will remain an important staple in the slow, but sure march to increase renewable energy supplies in the United States. Small, efficient, CHP projects offer many advantages over potentially riskier, $100M+ projects that often grab the headlines. Smaller-scale projects usually fit comfortably within the resource capacity of a local region which offers some certainty that the projects can be sustained over the multiple decades and will offer bankable value to the industrial host and local community.

Although not as flashy as $100M+ scale projects and one can never predict where the next threat for resources will come from, these projects should be applauded for their vision and courage. They can and will make a difference, one MW at a time.

Meet ANTARES at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Conference

ACEEEIf you’d like a chance to meet us in person, Antares will be represented at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) conference in Niagara Falls, NY in July 2013.

Jim Olmsted, one of Antares’ senior engineers, will be leading the “Planning for the Next Generation” panel. Sara Aaserud, a renewable energy engineer and one of our bloggers, will also be attending. If you have a project you’ve been considering or just some questions about renewable energy or energy efficiency, Jim and Sara would be happy to talk. Either find them during the conference or email Jim or Sara to set up a meeting time on one of the days of the conference.

Register for the conference here: http://aceee.org/conferences/2013/ssi

We hope to see you there!

Antares Listed as a Top Small Business Partner in 2012

We are proud to be included as one of VSE’s top teaming partners for our work with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. An excerpt from the press release is provided below:

Alexandria, Virginia, January 25, 2013 – VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) hosted the 3rd Annual VSE Small Business Partner of Choice awards on January 23rd, 2013. The ceremony honored five small business teaming partners who have made significant contributions to company revenue, and the overall quality of support to our Federal customers. Nominees were judged on quality, delivery, performance, product support and customer service.

…Energetics Incorporated – Antares Group, Inc. is an engineering and project development firm located in Landover, MD. Antares focuses on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects and serves public and private sector clients. Energetics is currently a subcontractor to Antares on a Flexible Technical Assistance Program (FlexTech) IDIQ contract for the New York State Energy and Research Development. “We are extremely pleased to partner with Antares Group on a number of opportunities for the State of New York, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the New York Power Authority, and the U.S. Department of Energy,” said Energetics President Nancy Margolis. “Based on our long history of working together, we have forged a level of trust that enables our two companies to provide consistent and exceptional service to our customers. We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with Antares in 2013 and beyond”….

You may read the full press release by visiting the following link: http://vsecorp.com/investor/news_detail.asp?news_id=243

Want to Build a Renewable Energy Project? You’re Going to Need Willpower

I am currently involved in the development and construction of a biomass-based combined heat and power project in the Northeast. The project recently broke ground and such events are excellent opportunities to reflect on what it takes to get a project from concept to construction. In thinking about this project and others I came to one inescapable conclusion-the most important ingredients are probably sheer force of will and a healthy dose of courage. [Read more…]

Let’s Not Lose the “Energy Race”

I have been a working professional in the energy business for approximately 20 years. My experience includes serving both as a petroleum engineer and for the past 15 years, as a renewable energy engineer. During that time, I have seen many arguments made about why renewable and alternative energy technologies should be supported. As a former petroleum engineer, one of my least favorite is Peak Oil, but that is the subject of a future blog. [Read more…]