To understand how Perceptive Power Infrastructure works and what we offer, it’s important to understand The Perceptive Way. After decades of experience in the energy sector, our managing director, Scott Tampke, decided that things could be done better. He saw that America’s Rural Electric Cooperatives (RECs) could benefit from partners that understood the changing energy landscape and were focused on their needs. More importantly though, he saw that they needed transparency from these partners – a partnership built on trust. This was his motivation in creating the Perceptive Way approach and it’s what drives us all here at Perceptive Power Infrastructure.
As restrictive agreements with power suppliers change or expire, many RECs are embracing member requests for distributive generation. Renewables like solar energy and battery solutions can be nicely paired with natural gas-powered reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) units. The right combination of distributed generation technologies can help rural communities achieve many of their current goals. These include, but not limited to better grid resiliency, more sustainable generation and lower member costs. All of this can be achieved while also saving money for the cooperative. Yes, it really is possible to save money with distributed generation!
Rather than suggesting a one-size-fits all approach when it comes to this technology, we prefer to first assess each community’s individual needs. As soon as an REC contacts us to take the first step toward implementing one or some of these solutions, that’s where the Perceptive Way begins.
Step 1: Meet
During our initial conversations, we focus on the human side of the operation first. We want to know how we can best help you. To do that, we listen. We’ll sit down together and focus on understanding your current energy situation, the community you serve and the goals you want to achieve.
If we decide to move forward, we share a mutual agreement to work exclusively with one another for a predetermined amount of time. During this process there is no charge to you – this is our exploratory process with the purpose of a final partnership agreement approved by all.
Step 2: Understand
Next, we ask you to provide us information about your energy bill, energy usage and any covenants you may have with current suppliers. Meanwhile, we compile data on your market and relevant regulations.
We take the information you provided and analyze it using our proprietary model. We assess the financial, technical and operational factors against one basic question: by employing distributed generation can we change part of your cost structure to benefit you?
We expect that our clients will have questions of their own. For that reason, we open our books to give them a transparent view of the solutions we offer. When discussing project costs and budgets, we want our clients to be certain that they’re getting the project they expect at the price they expect. This includes:
- Cost of equipment
- Cost of distribution/transmission lines to accept the power produced by the facility
- Rate of investment return
Step 3: Agree
We present the outcome generated by our model. Using this outcome, we create a solution using equipment and purchase agreements which suit your goals. During this process we also open our books so you can trust you’re getting a fair and honest deal.
Once we all have a firm grasp of what needs to happen, how we’re going to make it happen and what the deadline is, we agree to move forward with the project.
Step 4: Execute
We handle all of the necessary project preparation. Our diverse team has expert know-how and industry relationships to ensure that the pre-construction and procurement phases all go according to plan. From permitting to equipment procurement to project management, we’ve got it covered.
Once ground is broken, we also oversee construction management. After construction is completed, we continue to maintain the system for the duration of our contract.
Step 5: Partner
Distributed generation is a long-term solution to many of the current challenges we face in the energy market. Long-term solutions require a long-term partnership built on trust. Throughout every step of the Perceptive Way process, this is exactly what we strive to be.. From first meeting to last handshake, we provide continuous feedback and opportunities for discussion. We remain transparent in our dealings and budgets. We work to build a relationship with trust at the foundation.
Our goal is that when a contract is complete, our clients walk away with the same confidence we have that distributed generation is the right decision and moreso, that Perceptive Power Infrastructure was the right partner to make it happen.
Start the Process
We welcome you to connect with us. You may reach Scott directly by email. Let’s set up a time to learn more about your energy needs and how we can help