At Tradewind Energy, our commitment is to listen to you, answer your questions honestly, and partner with you to make each project a joint success. We take great care to engineer and construct our projects to minimize impacts and maximize benefits for all involved, giving careful consideration to the needs of landowners and communities.
Minimal Land Use
During the array design process, we work with landowners to achieve efficient use of the land while preserving the integrity of existing infrastructure for continued operations and future uses
Standards for Setbacks
Setbacks and vegetative buffers are utilized in the design of the array for separation from buildings, roads, and other existing features.
Our state-of-the-art project design optimizes energy production while carefully considering environmental issues, cultural resource sensitivities, local planning criteria, and land use.
Solar energy burns no fossil fuel and requires no transportation for fuel
Our Unique Development Process.
Tradewind Energy is a turnkey developer of solar energy projects handling every aspect of a solar energy project. Our experienced team of developers is comprised of engineers, meteorologists, biologists, and GIS specialists.
We take each new project through our state-of-the-art development process. Listed below are the main phases you can expect in the development of solar power on your property. We will be there to assist you every step of the way.
1. Initial Site Assessment
Our work begins long before you see any infrastructure on the ground, and often before you first hear from us. We continuously conduct research to find locations that have the right combination of high solar resource, topographic relief, elevation, proximity to existing electrical infrastructure, environmental suitability, compatible land use, and more.
2. Land Leasing
Once we have identified a site we believe can become a viable project, we approach landowners to discuss a long-term lease agreement for the right to develop a solar project on their property.
Projects often take many years from inception to construction, so we typically seek a development term that will allow us ample time to obtain all the site data, permits, environmental studies, and customer agreements needed to complete the project. After construction, solar projects are expected to operate a minimum of 20-30 years.
3. Data and Analysis
One of our first development activities is to install meteorological towers with pyranometers to assess the solar resource on the proposed site. This process generally takes 1-3 years as the validation of the solar resource determines the viability of the project, the risk assessments of our financial partners, and the price of the energy.
4. Detailed Assessment
Once we have adequately assessed the solar resource at a potential site and conclude the site is viable, we begin to evaluate all aspects of the project design. This includes a detailed environmental survey, an electrical interconnection study to determine how the project will link with the local transmission system, positioning of the array across the site, and a detailed construction plan. In addition, we begin the process of obtaining all the necessary federal, state and local permits, working closely with all stakeholders throughout the process.
5. Contracting, Financing, and Equipment Procurement
Most solar projects require a contract with one or more electric power companies or commercial customers to purchase the output from the project before proceeding to construction. In some cases where the power market conditions are right, a project may partially be built as a “merchant” facility, selling power in the traded market without a contracted long term buyer. Enel, our investment partner, provides financing for the procurement of panels and balance of plant construction costs.
In some cases, the utility itself may wish to own the solar project, so we offer a variety of flexible financial structures to meet their needs.
6. Project Completion and Maintenance
The construction phase involves building roads and other non-permanent site improvements to allow for construction mobilization and array installation. The construction of the array includes steel piles driven in the ground, installation of the solar panels, and other electrical infrastructure and interconnection facilities. The actual construction timeline is a relatively short period typically lasting 3 to 9 months. The array is then tested and commissioned. From that point on, with regular maintenance, the array will produce clean, renewable electric power for thousands of households for at least 20 years. Our projects typically have an operations and maintenance facility and full-time staff on hand to ensure reliable operations. Each project is also monitored remotely around-the-clock from a 24/7/365 operations center.