What does EPC mean in the solar industry?
Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) is a particular form of contracting arrangement used in some industries where the EPC contractor is made responsible for all the activities from design, procurement, construction, commissioning and handover of the project to the end-user or owner.
What is EPC in solar?
ESA Engineering, Procurement and Construction Services. ESA's engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) team provides bankable, innovative, and reliable solar energy solutions to customers around the world.
ARM Renewalbles is a leading solar EPC company is responsible for all the activities from design, procurement, construction, commissioning and handover of the project to the end-user or owner. Other abbreviations used for this type of contract are “LSTK” for “Lump Sum Turn Key”, EPIC for Engineering, Procurement, Installation & Commissioning.
Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) is a special form of contracting arrangement. In an EPCM arrangement, the client selects a contractor who provides management services for the whole project on behalf of the client. The EPCM contractor coordinates all design, procurement and construction work and ensures that the whole project is completed as required and in time. The EPCM contractor may or may not undertake actual site work.
How does it work?
It’s very simple. We install the solar rooftop system on your roof and you pay for units generated by the plant at a tariff typically lower than the grid. Your solar panel roof is now ready for use.
A new solar project is installed every 2.5 minutes and yours just may be the next one. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make before getting started, though, is between ground-mounted and rooftop-mounted panels. Ground-mounted solar panels can be installed anywhere on your property including the front, side, or backyard whereas a solar rooftop panel must be attached to your roof.
Both options have unique benefits and make sense for different household situations and needs. Before moving forward with solar panel installation, make sure you are confident in your panel choice. Here, we’ve simplified the decision-making process by laying out a few of the biggest differences between ground-mounted and rooftop solar power panels.
Roof Mounted Arrays :-
Rooftop-mounted panels are more common, and they’re usually easier and faster to install as per the condition of your roof by measuring multiple variables, including the type of roof, angle, and direction, while asphalt roofs with a gentle slope are ideal. Rooftop-mounted panels require a steady, well-maintained roof that is expected to last at least 20 years. The amount of solar energy you need to produce depends on how much you use, so it makes sense to cut your usage as much as possible before paying for panels. Start with an energy report and look for efficiency upgrades before you draw blueprints. If all the requirements are made, then you can carry forward your task of making a solar panel roof. You can do the installation as per roof availability because you likely don’t spend a lot of time on your roof, a rooftop-mounted system will preserve your land’s usable space and in future, you may do uninstalling and reinstalling of solar panels at the time of building expansion.
Ground Mounted Arrays :-
Ground-mounted Solar installers generally use a cement foundation or reinforced pole structure to ensure the panels are propped up off the ground, tilted at the proper angle, and then wired to your power consumption unit, all of which ends up being a slightly more involved process. If you have a large yard or big space, you can install a much bigger ground-mounted system, giving you the opportunity to generate more energy and save on your utility bill. Ground-mounted solar panels typically sit between a few inches and several feet above the ground, depending on your location and the mounting system. Solar panels should face south or west, with southwest or southeast alignments as possible alternatives.