With 15+ years in the renewable energy industry, GCR has developed extensive experience in greenfield project development. We have a comprehensive understanding of the technical and environmental considerations involved with the development of renewable energy and storage projects. Our team is highly adept in navigating constraints to provide reliable and meaningful site selection recommendations to our clients.
Our Project Development service offering, and experience, underpin our key service offerings in Permitting and Engineering and allow GCR to provide a full “wrap around” development service for renewable and power generation projects. These services include:
The first step in the development of any renewable, or power generation, project is conducting a feasibility assessment to analyze project viability and gain an understanding of development risk. Drawing on our full range of in-house capabilities, GCR produce and deliver comprehensive studies, customized to individual client requirements.
A feasibility assessment would generally include the following:
The feasibility assessment clearly identifies a proposed plan for the development of the project, which allows our clients to make strategic decisions with regards to progressing the project to the next stage.
The design and optimization of a renewable or power generation project is generally an iterative process. This process utilizes the results of site-specific environmental assessment work, GIS constraints mapping, observations from site visits and site investigation, a constructability review, stakeholder and regulatory authority input, public engagement, input from the technology provider and the resource of the site. GCR have experience designing unique sites with varying capacity, topography, climate and environmental concerns. As a result, we have hands-on experience in dealing with, and finding solutions for, a wide range of often complex environmental, technical and engineering constraints.
As an engineering consultancy specializing in renewable development, GCR utilize industry knowledge and technical capabilities to assist our clients in the selection of appropriate technology solutions for their projects. We are experienced in technology selection for wind, solar, hydro and BESS projects. services. For more information please refer to our Technical Procurement services.
Renewable energy from wind, solar and hydro are inherently affected by the frequency, intensity and variability of the basic energy resource. As intermittent sources of energy, dependent upon local weather patterns and seasonal variability, robust and bankable resource assessments form the backbone to every renewable energy project.
Our technical analysts are well versed in wind, solar and hydro resource assessments, applying industry accepted statistical methodologies to both measured and modelled data, to develop realistic resource projections for specific site locations. Specialist software packages are used to inform our assessments, which include PVSyst, Openwind, Windographer, WindFarm, RETScreen, LowFlows, amongst others.
A robust resource assessment enables sensible energy yield forecasts to be derived, considering technology specifications and the effects of ancillary infrastructure. These form the basis for projecting key investment metrics, such as P50, P90 and P99 energy yield estimates over the commercial lifetime of a project.
GCR support grid interconnections across all types of energy generation projects. Our team of electrical engineers and grid specialists provide technical expertise and advice on all electrical aspects of the project, from initial feasibility to commercial operation (COD). At the initial feasibility stage our team are able to provide strategy and advice for locating generation projects (based on our knowledge and understanding of the grid networks), advise our clients on potential competing capacity, assist in navigating the interconnection process, and lead discussions with the network operators to progress the project.
As more variable generation is introduced onto the grid, the management of networks becomes more complex. GCR work with the various network operators to provide innovative and flexible grid solutions, such as Active Network Management, for connecting renewable generation. On the technology side, GCR is also actively involved in hybrid generation, combining renewables such as wind and solar, or combining renewables with storage, or non-renewable generation, to ‘level out’ the variable generation profile when renewable projects are independent and isolated.
A key aspect of the development of any renewable energy or power generation project is navigating the permitting process. The permitting process will follow guidance and legislation laid out at the Federal, Provincial/State and Municipal levels. To ensure project success, it is vital to have a comprehensive understanding of the requirements and how these may impact project size, location and type. The GCR team have significant expertise in providing project specific permitting strategy advice, which is tailored to the needs of our clients. For further details please refer to our Permitting services above.
GCR provides due diligence technical services to both prospective private equity investors and lenders alike, for renewable energy and power generation projects. GCR utilize “on-the-ground” experience to analyze renewable energy and power generation proposals at pre-construction and operational phases, as well as completing construction stage monitoring for our clients.
Our due diligence reviews are tailored to the needs of the investor or lender, with risks and issues analyzed to reflect the needs and priorities for a broad range of stakeholders, including the long-term equity investor, senior debt and subordinate debt providers.
Typical subjects covered in our due diligence reviews may include:
Diligent asset management of operational projects ensures project assets are regularly maintained, and faults are rapidly rectified. In turn, the availability of a site can be maximized, resulting in increased revenue generation for the investor.
GCR provides asset management services to utility scale solar and wind projects. The scope of services is adapted to individual projects and asset owners, who may have differing monitoring and reporting requirements to satisfy company boards, shareholders and debt providers.
Our Facility Management services include:
Our broad understanding of permitting requirements and environmental constraints for renewable and alternative energy projects enable the GCR team to quickly find effective solutions to manage and mitigate project development risk.
GCR have a dedicated team of noise consultants to support clients with the delivery of wind, solar and battery energy storage projects throughout the permitting phase. In addition, we can provide ongoing technical support and compliance noise monitoring through the operational phases.
GCR’s capabilities include:
Glint and glare refers to the reflection of the sun’s light from the surface of an object into an observers eye. Glare has the potential to impact stakeholders and increase the risk associated with operators performing regular daily tasks, and/or causing an irritation. Impacts associated with solar glare can be a regulatory consideration for conventional photovoltaic solar arrays and centralized solar power plants.
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GCR’s team of landscape consultants complete visual renderings of renewable energy projects to current standards and best practices using the latest software and technology. Subject to client needs, GCR complete visualizations using a range of full-frame digital camera images, GIS mapping, ReSoft Windfarm, WindPRO and augmented reality, real-time, visualization software (Ventus AR).
Our Landscape Consultants are experienced in the service offerings below:
Wind turbines have the potential to cast shadows over large areas. Where these shadows cross windows, into enclosed spaces, there is a risk of the spinning rotor causing a fluctuation in light levels, which is called shadow flicker. As part of the permitting of wind energy projects, regulators typically require the submission of a shadow flicker assessment.
GCR’s service offering relating to shadow flicker includes:
The appropriate identification of stakeholders and a comprehensive engagement strategy are critical to the successful development of energy projects. Our business originated to serve distribution scale projects (local and community owned) where public engagement is central to the success of each project. GCR’s in-depth understanding of jurisdictional regulatory requirements bring significant experience in public consultation and community engagement across distribution and transmissions scale energy projects. GCR’s core services include:
GCR have strategic alignments with licensed land agents and support clients with land acquisition when requested.
We also produce specialist visualizations of development projects, inclusive of utilizing real-time imaging to help stakeholders conceptualize how projects will appear once operational.
With experience on over 500 energy projects to date, GCR thoroughly understands the many risks associated with energy projects, including the appropriate response measures to mitigate risks, in the event of emergencies. GCR’s Emergency Response Plans (ERP’s) support project permitting and stakeholder engagement, establishing key processes to be followed by contractors and operators during the later stages of project development and construction and also during operation.
Our ERP’s are site and jurisdiction specific and include procedures for managing risk related to:
Procedures are packaged in a formal report, alongside key project and key contact information, to support regulatory and stakeholder engagement. ERP’s also form the baseline for the construction and operational emergency response procedures, produced by the contractor and operator.
Plans for the decommissioning of renewable energy projects are often requested from developers, by municipal or provincial regulators and/or landowners, during project permitting and lease discussions.
The GCR team have experience in preparing decommissioning plans concurrent with local guidelines. Each plan is tailored to project needs, jurisdictional requirements and includes:
Our team of energy experts have experience supporting a range of energy projects through regulatory hearing procedures, which includes providing impartial testimony at quasi-judicial proceedings. Our hearing experience includes wind, solar and battery energy storage development, where our experts have provided testimony related to specialized aspects of project development.
The GCR team have experience conducting air quality modeling for conventional energy generation and other business activities (agricultural production). We follow local guidelines and regulations, relating to various jurisdictions and conducting Air Quality Dispersion Modeling, utilizing the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) AERMOD integrated atmospheric dispersion modeling software.
We have strategic partnerships and alignments with third party consultants who conduct both onsite and ambient air quality measurements to support assessments.
Our team have experience with the assessment of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions associated with a range of projects and technologies. GCR conduct assessments of both directly attributed and upstream activities. Our assessments are tailored to the local jurisdiction and are typically quantitative in nature. We also provide commentary on the assessment findings relative to jurisdictional targets and thresholds.
GCR are aligned with consultants that deliver GHG verification in line with ISO 14065 and hold ANSI – Accredited Greenhouse Gas Verification Body status.
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We focus primarily on wind, solar, energy storage and hydro energy projects, but also support conventional power generation and heavy industrial projects. Our capabilities cover a complete project lifecycle, from concept and early design stage feasibility, to preliminary engineering (DBM, FEED and EDS) throughout Detail Engineering, construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning support. We have extensive experience with the design and optimization of renewable energy systems in both, standalone and hybrid projects. Our goal is to add value to our clients with customized and practical design solutions for the specific location, environment and scale.
Our in-house grid team have a broad range of experience across all types of renewable and conventional generation projects in multiple jurisdictions (North America and Europe). We are available to provide technical expertise and advice on all aspects of the project interconnection process including:
We provide clients with full design drawing packages, fully customized to your project requirements. We conduct, manage and review drafting (CAD) tasks and Swept Path Analysis for projects, as well as managing document and drawing registers.
We have strategic partnerships with experienced industry professionals to complete all scopes of engineering design related to renewable energy projects.
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We provide our clients with detailed civil designs throughout all stages of project development. We have extensive experience in unique and challenging environments, including the Arctic and numerous remote islands.
We provide our clients with project layouts and site designs, throughout the development process. With CAD and GIS software, we customize the layout to our client’s needs, utilizing publicly available data and mapping resources to optimize the layout. As the project progresses through the design lifecycle, additional details and design features are added to satisfy the overall development process.
We have the electrical engineering capabilities and experience to provide design and engineering support across all types of energy projects. Our team of electrical engineers and grid specialists provide technical expertise and advice on all electrical aspects of the project from initial feasibility to commercial operation, including:
The process of optimizing a design is an iterative one, which utilizes the results of site-specific environmental assessment work, GIS constraints mapping, observations from site visits, constructability, stakeholder and regulatory authority input, public engagement, input from the technology provider and the resource of the site.
We bring 15+ years of renewable energy expertise and experience to your project and provide the following services to our clients in North America and Europe.
GCR understand that every energy project is unique and will have varying reporting and inspection requirements. As Independent Engineer and/or Technical Advisor, our role is tailored to the requirements of the investor and/or developer. GCR’s team of engineers and technical specialists complete independent analysis, reviews and inspections during all stages of project development, design and construction. GCR’s services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Please contact GCR to learn how we can assist with a professional and independent review of your projects.