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Wind and Solar Project Design and Energy Assessment

A comprehensive portfolio of services for renewables project design and energy assessments to optimize the performance and success of your projects.

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Optimal plant design and accurate energy assessments are the key to realistic expectations for project performance and have a significant impact on project finance. We pride ourselves on being transparent – using calibrated energy assessment methods that have been validated against operational data. The foundation of our energy assessments includes high-resolution models, resource assessment campaign design, and rigorous measure-correlate-predict (MCP) analyses.

Wind plant design and energy assessment

Early-stage plant design and energy assessment

It is helpful to have a realistic understanding of the scope and production potential of your project at an early stage in the development process. Using our advanced software tools, high-resolution wind resource maps and other data, we can design a preliminary turbine layout and estimate the annual energy output quickly and efficiently. 

Early-stage assessments of wind projects can serve several goals:

  • Guide technology selection
  • Gauge development potential 
  • Support permitting and community acceptance 
  • Support financial models and early-stage financing

Advanced plant design and energy assessment

As your wind project plan matures, optimal plant design and accurate estimation of future production become essential. Our methods, trusted by developers and financial institutions, are transparent, proven, and have been validated against operational data. 

UL’s comprehensive scope of services include:

  • Site visit 
  • Review of the meteorological program 
  • Resource analysis
  • Climate adjustment
  • Modeling of the spatial distribution
  • Detailed Loss Assessment
  • Estimate Uncertainty
  • Project design and energy production

Bankable energy production reports

When projects go to financing, investors and lenders ask one question: Whose opinion can we trust? Our comprehensive and authoritative reports are widely respected and accepted in the financial sector, giving you confidence in overcoming financing hurdles. 

Bankable energy production reports provide developers, investors, and lenders with a thorough, objective, and well-documented evaluation of the energy production potential of a wind or solar project. 

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Wind flow models and resource data

Having your team carry out part of the design and analysis of a project can give you more control over the development process. We can provide the advanced wind flow modeling, time series data (virtual met masts), expert advice, and other support you need to be successful. Combined with our software solutions, we are a one-stop shop for developers seeking to get the most from their internal resources.

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Openwind Software

Openwind is an advanced wind plant design, optimization and energy estimation software designed for sophisticated users, and fully compatible with industry standards. Built on a GIS-style architecture allowing elegant solutions to complex problems, Openwind employs the latest technology for such areas as wake losses, road and cabling layout and costing, energy and cost-of-energy optimization, time-series energy capture, and uncertainty modeling. 

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Solar plant design and energy assessment

Early-stage design and energy assessment

Using our satellite-based solar resource maps and time series data, we can develop a preliminary design for your project and estimate its annual energy output quickly and efficiently. 

Early-stage assessments of solar projects can serve several goals:

  • Guide technology selection
  • Gauge development potential 
  • Support permitting and community acceptance 
  • Support financial models and early-stage financing

Advanced design and energy assessment

Optimizing your solar plant design and accurately estimating its future production are essential to a successful outcome. Our methods and technical know-how are based on proven science are transparent, proven, and have been validated against operational data.

Resource modeling and data

We can provide resource and plant output data including maps and time series files enabling your team to model any solar project.

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