We design and engineer projects to tie into local distribution infrastructure, paying particular attention to system integrity and reliability. This approach allows us to expedite the development process.
As a matter of practice, we devote considerable, early attention to technical constraints and opportunities, wind resource assessment, and environmental and permitting concerns. Because of our upfront work, we encounter fewer delays and obstacles during development. This leads to a more certain and timely project.
Principally focused on utility-scale distributed generation projects in the 15 to 60 MW range.
- Project sites take advantage of existing transmission capacity effectively bypassing infrastructure constraints.
- Each project site is positioned for future growth with a second phase build-out option.
- Established relationships with numerous rural utilities in the western US.
Under our business model, we concentrate only on those opportunities that have immediate transmission capacity, little or no upgrade costs, exceptional productivity, and ready access to prospective power purchasers while preserving significant long-term expansion upside.
- Reduced capital costs – Site locations at point of interconnection take advantage of existing infrastructure and transmission capacity, thereby enabling smaller Phase I (15-60 MW) build-outs in the near term.
- Rapid interconnection process – Smaller Phase I projects bypass transmission constraints and interconnection queues (and associated reservation charges) that impact nearly all large-scale project developments, while grouping of projects allow for efficient economies of scale for construction, operations, and maintenance.
- Multi-phase expansion – Projects sited with ready-access to larger transmission lines scheduled for known future system upgrades permitting second phase expansions in the medium term (3-7 years).
- Contracting flexibility and regulatory benefits – Project sizes allow for potential bilateral negotiations and ability to meet community wind requirements under state RPS/RES legislation.
- Streamlined environmental review – Strategy often allows for minimal timelines needed for environmental and wildlife agency review.
- Solar expansion – Project siting and lease agreements allow for future solar opportunities, an ensuing phase of the Compass development plan.
- Exceptional long-term growth potential – Over 325 electric cooperatives in the western states (900+ nationwide) in addition to ample opportunities through municipalities and public utility districts.