Keeping Pace With Renewable Energy Growth
As the U.S. energy market undergoes rapid change with explosive growth in solar projects, service companies like Burns and McDonnell evaluate options for the best way to keep pace. Solar plant design is influenced by myriad factors, including parcel size, terrain and proximity to transmission, that are constantly shifting during project development. Using CAD based design at this stage is not economically efficient and as a result, Burns and McDonnell would historically only evaluate a few design scenarios per site totaling a few gigawatts per year.
After evaluating multiple design options, Burns and McDonnell selected Enverus RatedPower, a cloud-based solution that enables it to rapidly create preliminary utility-scale solar plant designs.
Evaluating Complex Design Scenarios at Speed
Leveraging RatedPower, engineers and non-specialists alike at Burns and McDonnell can easily evaluate multiple “what if” scenarios based on different solar plant requirements, constraints and pricing assumptions, then select the optimal project layout and cost model. This has allowed the company to increase the number of solar projects it supports an order of magnitude.
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