Although our primary experience lies in wind energy, many of our projects also involve solar, geothermal, lighting efficiency, and most recently microgrid development with energy storage and facility integration.
Our experience is deep in having worked on hundreds of projects, conducting wind and solar resource analyses for projects ranging from 50kW to large wind farms of 80MW or more. In fact, our experience includes the creation of high resolution wind maps for several large counties. Our clients include the federal government, state governments, municipalities, universities, large manufacturing facilities, island nations, and we have worked projects in South America, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Every project differs! Whether in project and engineering design, the political or regulatory environment, interconnection sensitivities, land or easement issues, contracts negotiations, selecting the right Balance of Plant contractor, or with managing project finance and quality control, our mature experience and project acumen get the job done.
Our project management focus is with placing our client in the best possible position in terms of the right energy solution for the facility, proper integration, ensuring best possible equipment, minimizing costs, creating accountability in all facets of project completion, and creating and maintaining strong lines of communications with our project team.
We tackle problems head-on, and never turn to the easy way out. Our goal is complete client satisfaction!
Our consulting services occur in the early stages of project development, and our tactics are based upon eliminating risk at the earliest project stages, analyzing the renewable resource with state-of-the-art software and techniques, determining facility power requirements, selecting the best equipment, ensuring financial viability, plotting interconnection options, and conducting all feasible analyses the project requires; whether, environmental – wildlife – aviation – microwave interference - land issues – political – legal – and, financial. Essentially, overturning every stone before moving on to equipment selection/negotiation and the Project Management and Oversight phase.
- Utility options
- Wind turbine and solar equipment comparisons (production, quality and cost) using the specific resource present at the site
- Wind, solar, geothermal equipment selection through soliciting proposals from highest performing equipment manufacturers in a competitive process
- Project Engineering Design (Civil/Electrical/Structural/Mechanical) enables checks and balances in project implementation
- RFP Drafting and process management based upon engineering design and equipment selection
- Balance of Plant Contractor selection through competitive selection based upon quality, cost, and past experience
- Utility Negotiations for energy sell-back, interconnection
- Manufacturer Supply Agreement Negotiations
- Operations and Maintenance Agreement Negotiations
- Project financial management
- Owners Representative on site during construction, commissioning and interconnection. Ensure quality control, safety and provide central communications link
- Project close-out and document control
WECC did an excellent job start to finish. They did all the homework to ensure a successful project. There were multiple studies and approvals that were required to ensure a successful project on paper. From design to construction WECC was there to ensure that the city had a viable energy producing structure that will be around for years to come...I would not change a thing of the project that WECC developed for us and with conviction I can recommend them to any organization that might want to pursue wind power as a source of energy.
Administrative Services Director , City of Guthrie
Growing up and living my whole life in western Kansas I knew that blowing wind was just a fact of life. What I did not know was how to turn that fact into something financially good and ecologically safe for our population.
Mike Steinke and associates at WECC were remarkable in filling the gap between us and a multi-million dollar world-wide corporation making both sides feel very comfortable with the transactions in pilot negotiations, ordinance composition, wind resource mapping and general help.
I was literally lost as to how to start such a project as a wind farm, but now I can say that I have no doubts we made the right decision to hire WECC and have never looked back.
County Commissioner, Graham County, Kansas
Six or seven years ago Fort Hays State University began discussing development of a wind generation facility to support its energy needs while “fixing” the cost of a significant portion of that need. When we had taken the project as far as we could we began looking for help.
We were referred to WECC by a member of our alumni. In the early phase of the project WECC staff provided us with the feasibility study needed to make the decision to proceed. From there, WECC, working with University staff, developed a plan for completing the project.
They provided the necessary expertise to negotiate with suppliers, general contractors, local government and the local utility. They managed the project from beginning to end.
Without WECC, and particularly Wayne Hildreth, the project would not have been completed as successfully as it has been. Our expectations of the consultant were exceeded in every aspect.
Michael W. Barnett
Vice President for Administration and Finance , Fort Hays State University