Utah-based Vector Structural Engineering, which is licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, is now also licensed in Puerto Rico. “One of our clients, a solar power installer, asked us to obtain the licensure to help them expedite the projects they’re working on in Puerto Rice,” says Vector Principal Engineer Jacob Proctor. “They needed our help, and we decided we needed to make it happen.”

Mikey Heinz, CEO of Bright Planet Solar, headquartered in Auburn, MA, says, “Vector has been a partner to us for more than seven years, and this just further shows what a true partnership it is. We’ve been working on getting fully operational in Puerto Rico since it was hit by Hurricane Maria in 2017—which led to the largest power outage in U.S. history—and we’re now in a position to make a difference down there at scale.”

Over the past decade, Vector has assumed a leadership role in the nation’s solar power industry. Its solar division employs more than 40 engineers, has completed over 100,000 projects, and now accounts for an estimated five percent of total engineering support for the entire U.S. solar industry.

A key element in its success, says Proctor, is a highly interactive online project management system. The workflow automation template simultaneously enables careful review of all engineering issues, suggestions for cost- and performance-effective improvements, and fast—usually 24-hour or less—turnaround.

“The ability to combine speed and accuracy,” says Proctor, “is important for all the industries we support, and increasingly essential for solar, because the pace is about to pick up dramatically. Total installed U.S. photovoltaic is expected to more than double over the next five years, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the fastest-growing job category between now and 2028 will be solar PV installers.(1) They’ll have their hands full, and we’ll be there to help them.” Click Here to view the full article

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