Solar Support, DEPCOM Power and Power Factor have partnered to expand their extreme weather restoration and recovery program. Combined, the team brings 15 years of experience restoring hundreds of megawatts of damaged sites.
The trio minimizes production and revenue losses for asset owners and operators through an end-to-end solution, saving millions in avoided costs and shortening recovery times by up to 70%, according to a press release.
“Working with DEPCOM Power and Power Factor, our team’s unique approach prioritizes production which results in less downtime and more revenue for utility PV asset owners,” said Auston Taber, Solar Support CEO.
Each team member company offers unique capabilities: DEPCOM serves as the general contractor to provide EPC capabilities along with financial and surety services; Solar Support leads the project management and construction oversight, and also applies its equipment expertise, to create uptime long after manufacturers’ have stopped supporting their products. Solar Support works to resurrect supply chains of spare parts and refurbishment programs to ensure that facilities reach their design life.
Power Factor secures manpower specialized in PV recovery — mechanical, electrical and civil as well as materials and onsite services.
“Following a hurricane, we saved one plant owner a total of $2.5 million,” said John Schroeder, EVP of plant operations for DEPCOM Power. “We salvaged components, got an OEM to honor a warranty claim, cut the project timeline and helped the owner generate up to $700,000 in additional revenue.”
Solar Support is an engineering services company specialized in equipment and plant reliability, restoration services and specialty components supply for utility asset owners.
DEPCOM Power is ranked one of the top 5 EPC companies on Solar Power World’s 2019 Top Contractors list and a Top 20 Power Contractor by ENR’s 2020 Top Power Contractors list, having built over 55 solar plants and operating more than 1 GW of assets nationwide.
Power Factor lends unique expertise in site repowering, recommissioning and restoration.
“Hurricanes and other natural disasters wreak havoc on solar plants,” said George Lang, Power Factor CEO. “We have the specialized manpower and equipment to restore plants cost-effectively, boosting confidence for owners and operators in the performance of their assets.”
Solar Support recently published a whitepaper, “Restoring Utility Scale PV after Extreme Weather Damage”. It will co-host a webinar July 16 with DEPCOM Power on the same subject, featuring insurance provider GCube and tracker manufacturer Nextracker.