WINDFOR has long been collaborating  with the Developers of photovoltaic solar Projects to provide qualified technical assistance, regardless of the stage of the Project.

The investments in the photovoltaic solar energy sector also make reference to a Project for the assessment of which consolidated experience in multidisciplinary fields such as physics, automation, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, is needed.

WINDFOR provides technical assistance to its customers on the preliminary assessment of the suitability of a site for the installation of a photovoltaic solar plant and its connection to the grid, analyzing in detail all the main aspects that may affect the realization such as permitting and environmental constraints, evaluation of expected production,  development and operation costs, construction and related risks

The technical assistance services may include:

  • Feasibility studies

WINDFOR provides technical assistance to its customers on the preliminary assessment of the suitability of a site for the installation of a photovoltaic solar plant,  the accessibility to the site and related construction issues and risks, the possible environmental constraints, the expected production, the connection to the grid and the development and construction costs. 

  • Assessment  of the environmental characteristics of the site of interest

This activity has the aim both to collect information and data on key environmental conditions of the site of interest (e.g., ambient temperature, precipitation, geological, hydrogeological and geotechnical conditions, seismic situation, accessibility for transportation, etc..) and assess whether those conditions can prevent the construction and/or operation of the plant. 

  • Energy characterization of the site of interest

This activity has the aim to select and validate available solar radiation data, correlate them with those of long-term measurement system, evaluate the shadow effect of possible obstacles in the proximity of the plant, define the net expected productions at the connection point with the grid, assess the uncertainties to be considered in the evaluation of the expected productions (expected productions with the associated probability of 75 % and 90 % of being exceeded in 1 or 10 years). 

  • Permitting assessment (Authorization to build and Agreements)

This activity has the aim both to identify the technical prescriptions ensuing from the authorization to build (e.g., how to manage interferences with gas or water conduits, etc.) and ascertain whether such prescriptions have been respected in the Working Design of the plant.

This activity has moreover the aim both to identify all the ground parcels involved in the construction of the plant and verify whether the titles of the Agreements signed with the various land owners correctly cover the relevant easements. 

  • Technical evaluation of the plant design

This activity has the aim both to assess the adequacy of some design choices (e.g., the right size of the cable network of the plant, the choice of LV, MV and HV equipment, etc.) and ascertain whether the Working Design of the Civil and Electromechanical Works of the plant is in compliance with the regulations and technical standards in force. 

  • Connection to the grid

This activity has the aim to verify the compliance with all technical requirements envisaged under the authorization process for the connection to the public grid , identify all the technical requirements laid down in the Grid Connection Agreement of the plant, and  evaluate the capability  of the plant to supply the grid with the ancillary services provided for by the Grid Code at the point of interconnection. 

  • Technical assistance during the preparation of contracts

This activity has the aim to both to define the technical and commercial aspects that appear most likely to minimize risks of delays in the construction of a plant or risks of malfunctions during its future operation (e.g., the timetable of construction works, the supply of modules, inverters and other plant components, payments, contractual guarantees, bonds, serial defects, availability of the plant, etc.) and assess the testing plan to be performed successfully in order to proceed to the provisional or final acceptance of the plant. 

  • Qualification of Counterparties

This activity has the aim to assess the technical and economic aspects that characterized the presence on the market of the companies involved in the supply of photovoltaic plant components. 

  • Technical assistance during business negotiations

WINDFOR provides technical support during business negotiations for the drawing-up of Supply and O&M Contracts concerning the components of a photovoltaic plant. 

  • Engineering of the construction, commissioning, testing and starting phases of plants

This activity has the aim to correctly assess the progress of works during the construction of a photovoltaic plant, performing, in particular, the monitoring of the overall organization of the yard and the checks for compliance with the requirements for labour health and safety, the technical progress of civil and electromechanical works, the accounting progress of expenses, the tests on plant components, the existence of the technical conditions for the Take Over of the plant and the start of its commercial operation.