Author: Illumine Industries Published: 1/13/2021 Utility Dive
Company doubles engineering team headcount in Q4 2020
January 13, 2021 (San Francisco) – Illumine Industries (Illumine-i), a comprehensive design and engineering firm, today announced it has completed the design of its 18,000th residential and commercial solar project. This milestone was achieved in a record five years, the last year marking the most significant growth – nearly 10,000 projects.
“This is an incredibly exciting milestone to achieve in just a few years in such a competitive and growing market,” said Nithish Sairam, CEO, Illumine-i. “Our team of engineers and creative thinkers has attained an extremely high level of trust with our customers and they continue to turn to us for their solar project design needs.”
Technical precision and constructability of solar projects – rooftop, ground mount and carports – is critical to the success of commercial, residential and utility solar projects. Illumine-i is the preferred design partner to more than 300 solar installers, developers and EPCs across the United States and holds a 97% Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) approval rate.
“Illumine-i has consistently performed high quality design and engineering services on our solar sites, unfailingly meeting deadlines and providing rapid technical support when solving challenges discovered during site investigation,” said Andy Hershberger, Director of Virginia Operations for GOT Electric LLC. “Their support is critical as a key technical backstop allowing more of our projects to move forward and keeping our business growing.”
Illumine-i was recently selected by Got Electric for a portfolio of solar projects in Virginia to provide development and electrical engineering support at two school districts totaling 12 sites with cumulative solar of more than 4 megawatts (MW) DC. These projects are the company’s first in Virginia, and they expect additional business in the state due to the “Virginia Clean Economy Act” passed in 2020, through which 16,000MW of solar and onshore wind were allocated, directly expanding net metering in the Commonwealth.
The company also increased its design and engineering team by 100% in Q4 2020 to support the company’s rapid growth. With licensed engineers in every state, Illumine-i also provides structural and electrical review for projects across the U.S.
“No two solar projects are the same, so each of our projects has a dedicated Account Manager whose sole responsibility is ensuring the engineering team is meeting (and exceeding) our client’s requirements on-time and on-budget,” said Kevin Mathew, Project Manager, Illumine-i. “As a result, we are seeing additional requests for our services, most notably for larger commercial and utility-scale projects.”
Illumine-i is also expanding its technology services to support its growing customer base. The company is currently developing an application that is designed to help solar installers save time and money on their projects by cutting down certain indirect costs associated with pre-engineering. Illumine-i expects to announce this new product towards the end of Q1 2021.
“Leveraging the power of technology is a driving factor for Illumine-i,” said Srinath M.R., Process Development Manager, Illumine-i. “This new product, in combination with our existing design and engineering services, will bring financial benefits to our clients by cutting down on manhours and reducing soft costs by 5%-10%.”
About Illumine Industries
Illumine Industries (Illumine-i) is a nationwide design and engineering firm specializing in residential, commercial and utility scale solar PV and energy storage system. The company’s work includes creating engineering designs and calculation packages for RFP responses, permitting & interconnection approval, and construction. Its team of 40+ engineers with a combined 100 years of experience provide value-engineered designs customized to any specific needs at a faster turnaround time and mostly with utmost quality and competitive cost. Find out more here.
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