Energy & Sustainability:
Renewable Energy Approach
Vidaris assists clients on capturing financially attractive, well-integrated energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities. The practice draws upon our holistic approach in building enclosure systems, mechanical systems, roofing and waterproofing systems, and their integration with a Client’s sustainability and energy efficiency goals. Vidaris’ dedication Renewable Energy Division works with our in-house consulting practices to identify and advance renewable energy opportunities.
RENEWABLE ENERGY EXPERIENCE
Vidaris works with clients and their design teams to define and realize their energy and sustainability goals. Our team members have deep experience with a variety of project sizes and types, in different phases of the design and construction thru commissioning process.
Starting with early discussions during the design process, Vidaris provides consulting services to focus the planning and sustainability impacts of renewable energy integration. Past project experiences include: planning for renewable energy integration of 33kW-DC at the multi-family residential tower, The Solaire in Battery Park City, advising a private developer on the solar photovoltaic opportunities at a proposed urban shopping center, and advising architectural firms on orientation of building-integrated façade projects.
We can provide detailed feasibility analysis services which combine our expertise in system design with initial estimates of financial implications of the investment in renewable energy systems (payback, incentives, estimated cost), with the goal of helping the client determine whether a project is viable for further design and implementation. Our team’s feasibility project experience includes: analysis of a 900 kW-DC photovoltaic system on a Federal office building in Washington, DC, a 550 kW-DC photovoltaic system on an arena in Brooklyn, NY, a 500 kW-DC photovoltaic system for the Wachovia Headquarters in Charlotte, NC, and 500 kW-DC on two buildings for Novartis’ campus in East Hanover, NJ. Our wind energy feasibility analyses have included building-integrated wind at 375 Pearl Street in New York, NY, and tower-mounted wind at McGraw-Hill’s campus in East Windsor, NJ.
As part of a client’s design team, we can provide design services from schematic design through construction documents, in coordination with the client’s Architect, MEP Engineer, Structural Engineer and Sustainability Consultant. As an independent third-party representative for the client, we are not tied to any project’s specific products or manufacturers, and offer design solutions for competitive bid that meet the performance, aesthetic and financial goals as put forth by the client and design team. Our team’s project design experience has ranged in scope from large-scale photovoltaic systems, including the 2.5 MW-DC rooftop system at the World Cup Stadium in Brasilia, the 1.9MW-DC multiple municipal property rooftop PPA project in New York, NY, and a 1.5 MW-DC multi-site installation for a large financial client to the smaller scale, more intricate building-integrated photovoltaic systems at the 43 kW-DC House of Industry in Copenhagen, and 31 kW-DC Frito-Lay Distribution Center.
Vidaris ensures quality throughout the implementation process with our construction administration services, including bidding and negotiation support, shop drawing review, and QA/QC monitoring during installation. Our team members have provided services through construction administration on projects including: the 17 kW-DC building-integrated canopy and façade at The Helena in New York, NY, the 40 kW-DC systems at Liberty Green and Liberty Luxe in Battery Park City, NY, the 50 kW-DC systems at the Suffolk County Police Department in Long Island, NY, and BIPV at Public School 276 in Battery Park City, NY, the rooftop photovoltaic system on the Myrtle Hall building at Pratt Institute, and the building-applied PV at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT.
Vidaris provides performance verification and system commissioning services to help our clients capitalize on the financial and environmental benefits that their renewable energy systems offer. Our commissioning services include field evaluations and review of testing protocols, monitoring of operations and maintenance practice development and implementation, and troubleshooting faults or system errors that may occur. We have provided commissioning services for projects including: the 6 kW-DC photovoltaic system at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in New York, NY, the 27 kW-DC building-applied photovoltaic array at Tribeca Green in Battery Park City, NY, and the 71 kW-DC rooftop photovoltaic systems at a private airplane hangar and office.