Within the past several years, the federal government has passed a variety of mandates that require all of its facilities to both reduce their overall energy consumption and obtain more of their energy via renewable sources. For sites with a substantial wind resource, wind energy projects provide an excellent mechanism to supplement the on-site energy needs of a government-run facility. While each facility has its own unique energy use profile and site-specific constraints, a variety of different wind strategies exist for meeting those challenges.
ANTARES’ wind experience includes feasibility, design, and engineering studies for a wide variety of private and public-sector facilities throughout the U.S. To our knowledge, we have been the only consulting firm chosen by both the Department of Energy and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to perform renewable-energy feasibility and design studies for federal facilities nationwide under blanket task ordering agreements. We have extensive experience ensuring wind energy projects are implemented to effectively satisfy federal directives.
Detailed Feasibility Studies
While each project is different, a detailed feasibility study and preliminary project design will generally follow the same three core steps:
- Identify candidate locations for installation, and collect data on wind resources, existing structures, electrical interconnection, and historical energy consumption;
- Evaluate project options based on energy needs and facility configuration; and
- Perform a technical assessment and economic analysis to evaluate potential systems and provide recommendations for development.
ANTARES makes final recommendations on which applications should be implemented based on their overall energy savings, upfront costs, contribution toward satisfying energy mandates, and any other considerations of importance to the client. Our technical staff have experience with a wide variety of specialty modeling software packages for evaluating the potential of wind energy technologies, including WAsP and Wind Pro. ANTARES is also skilled at GIS-based site assessment to evaluate potential areas of visual impact, optimize project siting, understand and mitigate potential impacts to species and habitats, and plan for new infrastructure such as roads, foundations, and electrical systems.
Options for Financial Flexibility
With so much discussion and controversy surrounding federal spending in general and specifically regarding renewable energy, many federal projects can benefit from one of several financing strategies aimed at reducing upfront capital costs. ANTARES is well versed in providing comprehensive technical support for complex financial models set up between federal agencies and third-parties, including power purchase agreements, energy savings performance contracts, and utility energy services contracts.
For more information about what ANTARES can do for your project, contact us here.