During the opening day of the Power Gen 2012 conference in Orlando, US Solar Institute (USSolar) unveiled a range of new service offerings to reflect its developing role within the Florida and Caribbean solar markets. Best known for its Department of Education-licensed solar PV installation courses, the Fort Lauderdale-based corporation used the conference to increase market awareness of their engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) solar PV solutions.
Although USSolar used Power Gen 2012 as the official debut of its EPC services, their professional PV engineering experience dates back to 1972 when commercial solar installations were introduced at the World's Fair.
Over the years, the company has managed many distinct aspects of solar project development. With this new launch, USSolar will leverage its 40 years of expertise to provide turnkey solutions in which it designs, builds, and finances new solar PV installations -- both for residential and industrial-scale management projects.
Central to this launch is USSolar's ability to develop highly skilled labor. In many Caribbean and Latin American countries, new projects must use local talent to qualify for solar-related permits and incentives.
According to USSolar President Ray Johnson, "Because the majority of our graduates come from places like Jamaica and the Bahamas, we already have a deep network of licensed dealers, partners, and installers throughout the Caribbean." He adds, "Plus, we provide additional on-site training to ensure the continued development of local talent."
USSolar also boasts extensive experience with financing arrangements, given its relationships with national investment banks, regional lenders and governments.
"One of the biggest challenges in the Florida and Caribbean solar markets is access to capital -- both for businesses and homeowners," comments Johnson. "We broker the necessary contracts, negotiate PPA terms, and protect cash flows to ensure new solar projects get done profitably."