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Technology: Streamline Your Business | CONTI SOLAR
Conti Solar provides engineering,
procurement and construction for solar
power and energy storage projects.
Conti Solar relies on its relationships with subcontractors and suppliers, including Mass. Electric Construction Co., which supported
the electrical construction on nine of the facilities. "Mass. Electric
Construction's focus on safety, their DG solar facility construction
know-how and their integration into our team, really helped make
the projects a success," Harrington said.
This was especially critical since the projects needed to be delivered by the end of 2017. Site selection and local permitting was
completed by the client. Some of the locations were along transmission easements and in some cases were forested areas while
the canopy projects where mainly built at the Eversource facilities.
"The management of the site development includes land clearing,
grading, storm water infrastructure, underground and overhead distribution circuit upgrades and also includes the equipment needed
to interconnect into the local grid," he explains.
Conti Solar and its project team had to overcome many challenges
with site logistics, harsh weather and vendor management to keep
the projects on schedule.
In the end, the company's hard work was rewarded, and projects
successfully met completion. Conti will build more Eversource solar
facilities. "There's five additional projects that are going to start in
April," Sean said, noting that the five other will provide an additional
11 megawatts of clean solar power and are expected to be completed
by the end of June.
'In the end, our
success is based
on how well we
achieve their goals.'
Conti Solar takes a competitive approach with subcontracting. The
company has strict requirements for its subs. "These projects are not
technically complicated, but often they have very aggressive schedules. We look for contractors that have extensive experience, safety
records and access to the labor resources needed to keep the projects
on schedule and drive costs down," Sean says. "Conti can bring a lot
of value to large portfolios due to these strategies."
When evaluating new vendors, "We're looking for best price and
value. Our prequalification process looks into the aspects of the company's financial health, operational success, safety and culture. It's
important to us that companies are a good fit culturally. We see our
subcontractors as partners and we want to work with organizations
that see value in that."
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