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RES provides a single point of contact for the design, integration, permitting, installation and warranty service of renewable energy systems. Project management by the RES team provides tight project oversight and ensures objectives and deadlines are achieved to schedule. We help you avoid complex and crippling system compatibility issues by carefully selecting the correct components and providing a complete system.
The RES design and installation process can be divided into these steps:
The process of system design begins with understanding the requirements for your renewable system. This is key to determining the best system for you both for performance and cost. This requires us to understand:
Your electrical usage requirements
For on grid systems, we like to take a year’s history of your usage, which can be obtained by reviewing your past bills. For off grid systems, it is necessary to complete a load calculation worksheet to provide the usage demand requirements.
The available renewable resources at your site
What are the limitations or opportunities at your site? How much wind is available, what are the terrain limitations, what are the sun exposures? The answers to these questions and the analysis of your site, will impact the proper design solution. A site survey may be necessary for the final determination of the proper system.
The available budget for renewable energy and your goals for the system
Budget limitations may require designs with expandability or backup capabilities from non-renewable energy sources.
A quote will be prepared for your system including all required materials and installation costs. Quotations will include a financial analysis detailing average annual energy savings, payback period, estimated rebates/credits, net costs, and return on investment.
After you order your system, RES will order the required materials and components, coordinate their arrival at your site, assemble the system components, and install the system as quickly as possible.
We will take care of the building permits and coordinate with the local building inspectors to make sure everything is properly installed and meets code requirements. After we are satisfied that your system is operating to specification, we will demonstrate how the system works and answer any questions about its operation.
Q: How can I learn more about Federal and State Programs on Renewable Energy?
A: There is a great deal of information available about renewable energy. There are some excellent web sites that are not trying to sell any one brand or solution. These can be useful. The US Department of Energy web site contains a great deal of information on Federal Programs. The Renewable Energy Project of Alaska (REAP) has information specific to programs and opportunities in Alaska.
Q: What Rebates are available in my state?
A: DSIRE is a comprehensive source for information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives as well as policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the NC Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council funded by the US Department of Energy.
Q: Can I get financial incentives or rebates that will pay for a portion of my system?
A: Yes, they are available depending on your project and its location. You may be eligible for financial and/or tax incentives from state or local governments, local utility companies and the federal government. Federal information may be found at the US Department of Energy web site. For state and local incentives and rebates, go to www.dsireusa.org for a comprehensive summary by state.
Additionally, RES is working with the USDA’s Rural Development Group to develop a template allowing most rural business to immediately qualify for a $20,000 grant towards renewable energy (wind or solar) investments.
These incentives can be discussed during the design phase of your project.
Net Metering effective June 2010
Net metering recently became effective for certain Alaskan rail-belt electric utilities. A pdf listing of utilities required to provide net metering can be downloaded here. Contact your utility for details and conditions to take advantage of net metering of your potential system. Renewable Energy Systems is one of Chugach Electric's first net-metered customers with its wind and solar grid-tied renewable system at 145 W Dimond Blvd in Anchorage.