Reach the Next Generation of Solar
Now that solar has been established as a viable power source, the objective becomes making it accessible to communities at a larger scale. For utilities, that means answering questions about solar energy storage, transmission, and what resources are needed to achieve both.
Black & Veatch can support renewable energy generation needs for both customer-sited and utility-owned projects. By partnering with us, you get a full-service approach that unites engineers, consultants, policy experts, construction managers and execution resources to create a tailor-made program to fit your needs.
Supporting Projects Throughout the Infrastructure Lifecycle
Black & Veatch has a long history with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, dating back to our first major assignment for NASA in 1973. Our solar expertise spans across ground mount, rooftop and floating implementations, monofacial and bifacial module technologies and fixed-tilt and single axis tracking systems.
With over 10 years of experience working on utility scale energy storage projects we've accumulated expertise in technologies from lithium-ion and flow to long duration, flywheel, ultra-capacitor and thermal technologies. Additionally, we have experience designing both AC and DC-coupled storage solutions in order to improve efficiency and economics.
Solar PV plants are expanding into territory that is a bit more complicated than the wide open, flat, sunny areas such as Central Valley of California. More and more projects cropping up in the Eastern and Southeastern U.S. where varied topography and shading come into play. A flat site is relatively easy to model, but uneven topography can account for as much as a 5-percent swing in annual energy performance. Black & Veatch is experienced in complex modeling including PVsyst assumptions and MET data and shading models.
We work with many of the major utilities in the United States, and know their standards and preferences. This, combined with our experience with overhead and underground lines across all voltages, GIS, HVDC, and our self-perform or subcontract construction solutions, allows us to deliver a seamless renewable integration project.
Black & Veatch specialists help developers identify and analyze solar project sites based on environmental, technical and regulatory criteria. Our team evaluates site development conditions and verifies critical permitting paths utilizing GIS data and advanced technology to minimize risks, validate quantity of power production, reduce development costs and streamline project schedules.
Powering Innovation in the Solar Industry
Hot Topics When Considering Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage Projects
A discussion on current topics that are being considered when planning, developing, and implementing solar PV and battery energy storage projects. Specifically, they will be diving into considerations for the adoption of bi-facial PV module technology on solar PV project design and performance, and the addition of battery energy storage to solar-based renewable power generation projects.Watch Now
Renewable Integration for Transmission Systems
A review of the process of interconnecting renewable generation to the transmission system, planning and execution considerations to meet interconnect requirements, anticipated transmission grid constraints with additional renewable generation and planning considerations as they pertain to renewable plant equipment.Watch Now
Engineering drives next-generation solar power in Southeast Asia
Mitesh Patel, Business Development Director & Associate Vice President, Renewable Energy, Asia, speaks to Uma Gupta of pv magazine about the key trends driving the solar market, especially in Southeast Asia, and strategies to improve the bankability of PV projects.Read More
Clean Energy & STEM Learning at Operation Breakthrough
With the search for clean energy solutions a major focus of STEM education programs, Black & Veatch has teamed with local Kansas City-based organizations to fund and complete a new solar canopy installation at Operation Breakthrough’s new Ignition Lab. The Ignition Lab will help inspire the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students, advance clean energy and provide onsite zero-carbon solar generation. The Black & Veatch Foundation – the company’s charitable giving arm – was among the project's funders while Black & Veatch also engaged as the solar project design lead and videographer.Watch Video