Introduction of KOS Wire
  • KOS Wire is a steel company, that makes steel wires, in the location of Flowery Branch, Georgia.
  • KOS Wire sells steel wires nationally in the United States of America.
  • KOS Wire uses large amount of electricity to operate the machines.
  • KOS Wire’s average kWh used monthly was found to be 561,207.
Preparation for Installation
  • GLONEX had to measure the whole location to arrange the parallel alignment for the solar panels.
  • GLONEX had to measure up near the KOS building due to the connection in between the solar panels and the inverters.
  • All parts were ordered previously for the project.





  • GLONEX had to dig the ground with a mini-excavator; approximately down to five feet under, due to the installation of PVC pipes and the Hall County’s law.
  • PVC pipes are there for the electrical wires.  The electrical wires brings the electricity flow through the side panels of the solar panels to the inverters on the wall (inside of KOS building).
    Installation
    The Ernst Concrete came with their cement, and started to pour the cement inside the hole with the steel pipes.
    • We then had to connect the top and the bottom to the posts that are available.  These are very important because they will be the ones that will hold the solar panels in place.
    • We had to combine all of them individually.
    • Installation of the inverters
    • Running Cables
    • Installation of Solar Panels
    Result
    KOS Wire is receiving 11,224kWh/Month from the Solar Modules
    Federal & Georgia Incentives for Solar Systems
    Georgia Power – Solar Buyback Program
    Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
    Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies Photovoltaics
    Applicable Sectors Commercial, Industrial, Residential
    Amount $0.17/kWh
    Maximum Incentive Maximum for single-phase customers (residential and small commercial): 25 kW
    Maximum for three-phase customers: 100kW
    Terms 5-Year Contract
    Equipment Requirements Equipment must comply with the standards set down by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the National Electrical Safety Code.
    Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits RECs transfer to Georgia Power along with electricity
    Web Site http://www.georgiapower.com/earthcents/green/solar-buyback.asp
    Georgia Clean Tax Energy (Corporate)
    Incentive Type Corporate Tax Credit
    Eligible Efficiency Technologies Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
    Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting
    Applicable Sectors Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family Residential, Agricultural
    Amount Renewables: 35%
    Lighting retrofit projects: $0.60/square foot of building
    Energy-efficient products: $1.80/square foot of building
    Maximum IncentivePV, Solar Thermal Electric, Active Solar Space Heating, Biomass, Wind: $500,000
    Solar Hot Water, Energy Star-Certified Geothermal Heat Pumps, Lighting Retrofit Projects, Energy-efficient Products: $100,000
    Equipment Requirements Solar thermal collectors must meet SRCC certification OG-100 or FSEC-GO-80. Solar thermal residential systems must meet SRCC OG-300 or FSEC-GP-5-80.
    Carryover Provisions For credits allowed through the end of 2011, excess credit may be carried forward for five years from the close of the taxable year in which the clean energy property was installed. Credits allowed for 2012, 2013 or 2014 must be taken in four equal installments over four successive taxable years beginning with the taxable year in which the credit is allowed.
    Program Budget $2.5 million annually through 12/31/2011; $5 million annually in 2012, 2013 and 2014
    A maximum of $500,000 per installation for photovoltaics (PV)
    Web Site http://www.gefa.org/Index.aspx?page=423
    Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
    The credit is equal to 30% of expenditures, with no maximum credit. Eligible solar energy property includes equipment that uses solar energy to generate electricity, to heat or cool (or provide hot water for use in) a structure, or to provide solar process heat.
    Incentive Type Corporate Tax Credit
    Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Solar Hybrid Lighting, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Microturbines, Geothermal Direct-Use.
    Applicable Sectors Commercial, Industrial, Utility, Agricultural
    Amount 30% for solar, fuel cells and small wind;* 
    10% for geothermal, microturbines and CHP*
    Maximum Incentive Fuel Cells: $1,500 per 0.5kW
    Microturbines: $200 per kW
    Small Wind Turbines placed in service 10/4/08 - 12/31/08: $4000
    Small Wind Turbines placed in service after 12/31/08: no limit
    All other eligible technologies: no limit
    Eligible System Size Small Wind Turbines: 100kW or less*
    Fuel Cells: 0.5kW or Greater
    Microturbines: 2MW or less
    CHP: 50MW or less*
    Equipment Requirements Fuel cells, microturbines and CHP systems must meet specific energy-efficiency criteria.