Silica Solar is a renewable energy consulting company, based in Waterloo, Canada organized under the laws of the province of Ontario in Canada. Polar Design Studio is the Greenhouse Gases Management division of Silica Solar. The team of consultants comprises of technical experts with qualifications in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and medicine, with 30+ years of experience in the environmental field, greenhouse gases management, and 12 years experience in carbon markets, renewable energy projects and CDM development. Our Services and some project experience is described below.
Services for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Projects through all phases of the project cycle from project inception:
Project feasibility, baseline emissions, and additionality; determine the project potential to reduce greenhouse gases by calculating the project certified emission reductions (CERs) applying approved UNFCCC CDM methodology based on type of project. Develop the Project Design Document (PDD) on UNFCCC or California Climate Reserve template for registration and Validation of the project
We maintain strong relationships and affiliation with firms committed to meet carbon reduction targets to become joint owners in Greenhouse gas reduction projects. Streamlining the process for the project owners by facilitating and negotiating the sale of CERs on behalf of the Project Owner, conduct and coordinate Pre-ERPA negotiations, assist with project Due Diligence (DD) assist the Project Owner with final ERPA contract. This places organizations in an advantageous position to hedge against CER price volatility, lower risk, assurance in investment decisions and have more control on project performance.
We assist with project on-site Validation process by the DOE (Designated Operational Entity) for registration of the project.
Support project owner for monitoring plan implementation for the project cycle and writing the yearly monitoring report for project verification by DOE for the release of the CERs to the buyer each year.
Polar Design Studio Greenhouse Gas Management services
Designing and building customized Environmental Management Information Systems (GHG EMIS) which compile, maintain, and track GHG emissions across all facilities owned by a company nationally and globally. This highly powerful and flexible cloud technology internet based GHG EMIS saves hundreds of work-hours each year, in addition to providing consistent data to meet the company’s regulatory needs.
We also assist in developing, enhancing, updating and streamlining a program specific EMIS such as greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory (the company carbon footprint) as per GHG protocols.
Develop a GHG reduction and sustainability program for the company.
Designed and implemented GHG management, EMIS, EHSMS (ISO 14001) for Fortune 500 companies such as Exxon Mobile, BP Amoco, ICI, Union Carbide, Alliant Energy in the following industrial sectors
Alliant Energy Corporation, Wisconsin USA: A 5,500 MW of power generation utility, serving 1.2 million customers with an annual revenue of more than $5 billion, consisting of 50 coal fired units, natural gas combined cycle turbines, gas & oil fired simple cycle turbines
ADGAS, Das Island UAE: A multi-billion dollars LNG facility with 950 employees having three LNG processing trains
Petrokemya, Jubail, Saudi Arabia: An ISO-9002 certified multi-billion dollars petrochemical company, operated on Union Carbide management system having: olefins, ethylene, poly vinyl chloride monomer (PVC), Butene-1, polypropylene, styrene plants, waste incinerator facilities
National Oil Refinery: Gasoline distillation, vacuum distillation, propane de-asphalting, two stage distillation, lube refinery, API waste water unit
Imperial Chemical Industry (ICI), Polyester polymer unit, batch distillation, effluent treatment
Exxon Chemical Pakistan Limited, Dharki, Pakistan (Engro Corporation, Pakistan) Ammonia, urea, and a calcium ammonium nitrate, nitric acid plants, onsite gas fired power generation
Solar Power Project Experience
Provided services to URS Corporation for The Milwaukee Solar Project feasibility in Wisconsin, USA.
The Milwaukee Solar Project feasibility mapped solar rooftop potential of more than 2,600 commercial and industrial facilities city wide. Training was provided to assess building orientation, exposure, shading analysis and renewable energy generation potential. The feasibility study was conducted with URS Corporation in collaboration with the City of Milwaukee and WE Energies Corporation to estimate solar energy resource potential. This project earned the city of Milwaukee in Wisconsin the title “Solar City of the Year” in 2008.
Solar Power Cogeneration Feasibility for American Family Insurance Corporation a Fortune 500 Company.
Silica Solar LLC was retained twice to provide project development consultation and feasibility study for a solar power system at the Corporate headquarters of a fortune 500 company, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The feasibility study, included a visual conceptual design for a solar power carport installation generating 1.2 MWh of renewable energy. A separate feasibility was conducted for 680 kW ground mount system for adjacent facility buildings.
Lalpir Power Limited, Solar Power Project Pakistan:
Silica Solar developed the Solar Power Feasibility Study and provided project development consultation to an electric utility (Independent Power Producer), a subsidiary of a major private company in Punjab, Pakistan. The project involved 1 MW power generation of ancillary power, to be scaled to 22 MW supplied to the WAPDA grid. Waste to Energy Project |Town of Middleton, Biogas Project Development in Wisconsin, USA
Other Green House Project Reduction Experience:
Middle bio-digester project:
Consultation provided to large CAFO dairy businesses on Bio-digester technology for a community scale commercial bio-digester project generating 2 MW electricity in Middleton Wisconsin. Silica Solar conceived the project and brought together multiple stake holders for project implementation to make the community bio-digester project implementation viable, the bio-digester project is operated by Gunderson Health Systems, Wisconsin, USA as a goal to replace conventional coal based electricity with renewable energy in its chain of hospitals across the state.
Lalpir Power & Pakgen Power plants CDM project:
“Energy Efficiency Improvement Through Retrofitting of Steam Turbines at Lalpir Thermal Power Plants, Muzaffergarh, Pakistan”. Developed the CDM project design document.
Developed the Project Design Document for S. Fazal Elahi & Sons Pakistan for a Clean Development Project for CDM registration: Fuel Switch to a Less Carbon Intensive Fuel at S. Fazalilahi & Sons (PVT) Ltd., Pakistan
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