Entries by Rick Ivins

3rd Party Drawing Reviews Reduce Risk

PV Pros has been helping our clients de-risk in their assets with our independent engineering and owner’s representative services. We specialize in the complex technical aspects of due diligence, allowing you to focus on the financial and management side of asset ownership. Long before a system completes construction and starts its 25+ year generation life, […]

Technical Due Diligence for Solar Purchase and/or Acquisitions

PV Pros has been helping our client’s de-risk in their assets with our  Owner’s Engineering services. We cover the complex technical aspects of due diligence, while you focus on the financial and management side of the purchase. As your Engineer, PV Pros will review the following: Technical Document Review: Electrical Engineering Building Structural Engineering Racking/Mounting […]

What is Technical Debt?

Technical Debt is the cost to the system owner as a result of prior decisions made to save time or money during the engineering, procurement, or installation of a solar project. Technical Debt is a metaphor for the difference between the value you paid for the solar system and the value of the system you […]

FAQ’s About Commissioning by a 3rd Party vs the Installer

Commissioning is a formal procedure for ensuring the quality of an installation before it’s turned over to the owner. Commissioning may seem like an unnecessarily time-consuming and complex exercise, but it is a critical step in the installation process. “Fix it now for free, or pay for it later.”  Commissioning catches problems before the contractor […]

Photo of the Week: Wire Management Practices

Array wire management is an area where different materials and practices are deployed. There is no 1-size-fits-all and there are a lot of great products out there to get the job done correctly. Whether you are using clips, ties, or harnesses, the product needs to be installed properly. This month’s image shows a vinyl coated, […]