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VDE Americas' IE services support the development of large-scale solar, energy storage, and solar-plus-storage projects.

When engaged an independent engineer (IE), we work with key solar and energy storage stakeholders to ensure that large-scale photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) assets are designed, constructed, commissioned, and operated according to applicable standards and best practices. We do so by providing unbiased and expert assessment of various aspects of the project's design, construction, commissioning, and operation.

As a third-party organization with in-depth subject matter expertise, VDE Americas is uniquely qualified to verify that PV and BESS deployments can meet energy production estimates and deliver expected financial returns. We specialize in providing transaction-level due diligence related to utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV), battery energy storage systems (BESS), and hybrid solar-plus-storage applications. We also offer portfolio-level due diligence to support the deployment of commercial and industrial (C&I) distributed generation (DG) and community solar projects.

Customers for our IE services include project developers, project ownerstax equity investors, institutional lenders, original equipment manufacturers, utilities, and corporate offtakers. We understand that customers and projects are not created alike. To maintain our focus on adding value, VDE Americas can customize the scope of its technical due diligence and quality assurance services to best serve the needs of customers and stakeholders. Our experts can validate PV and BESS power plant engineering and performance or evaluate components, construction, and commissioning. Working with VDE Americas, customers benefit from in-depth subject matter expertise and ensure the timely completion of critical project milestones.

PV + BESS independent engineering advisory services

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Solar project hail risk mitigation

Hail Risk Advisory Products

VDE Americas' hail risk advisory services inform insurance prices, terms, and conditions; best practices related to site selection, equipment specification, plant construction, and asset operation; and forensic investigations in the wake of catastrophic loss events.

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Texas Hailstorm

Understanding Hail Risk

Hail forms when convective storm updrafts carry water droplets into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere, where they freeze and grow via accretion. According to NOAA, severe hail has a diameter greater than 19 millimeters (0.75 inches).

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Hail Terminology and Acronyms

Project stakeholders can limit catastrophic loss events with better technical literacy, due diligence, and risk mitigation practices. The following is a partial list of key terminology (with acronyms, where applicable) related to VDE Americas’ hail risk advisory products and services.

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