在承包商角播客的这一集中，Solar Power World in-Thief Kelly Pickerel与Depcom Power总裁Johnnie Taul谈论了公用事业规模的承包商如何推动与Covid-19相关的减速。
我们已经成功地浏览了混乱的环境。当然，关键是安全地这样做。每个州都有独特的限制和准则，后勤挑战，全家订单……但是我们一直在关键基础设施和基本服务指定的保护下继续业务。我们已经做了一些事情，例如向我们的旅行队友发出安全通道，并肯定采取了许多增强的安全措施，以确保团队在此期间的安全。环顾四周的影响，我们看到了劳动力的最小消耗。这并不是很重要或不可管理。我们要做的一件事是雇用退伍军人。作为核心价值，我们的劳动力中有20％以上是由我们国家的英雄组成的，而国家的平均水平约为6％。我认为这是帮助我们的一件事。他们的职业道德和领导能力是对工作人员和办公必威克雷斯室中其他所有人的灵感，这无疑是我们成功的重要组成部分。 We’ve also done some other things like issuing temporary wage increases and bonuses to our project field teams, not necessarily because it was necessary to retain the team but really just humble appreciation of the hard work that they’re putting into our projects during this tough time. We recognize that a lot of our team travels from project to project. Not only are they dealing with the stress of the situation going on around them, but they’re also remote from their families. So we’re very thankful for our team.
DEPCOM is committed to buying American-made products as often as you can. How have these domestic supply chains helped you through COVID-19 and other uncertainties?
我们指导我们在国内支出的近80％。这不会偶然发生。我们积极与供应商和合作伙伴合作，将供应链转移到美国的来源，并努力确保我们不会为此付出更多。在共同情况下，我们在大流行期间确实遭受了最小的供应链破坏，这主要是由于进口材料和设备在我们的项目中的限制。我们确实看到的最小破坏我们能够通过简单的项目执行策略来减轻任何实际影响，以重新安排活动，以适应转移的交付时间表和这种性质的事物。I’m sure some of our suppliers at times may get a little frustrated with how relentless we are in this pursuit, but we believe it’s good risk mitigation and just important for our country to bring manufacturing back and all the U.S. jobs that come along with it.
The long-term outlook is incredibly bright for the industry, but there are a couple of dynamics in the market that are presenting challenges. One would be international trade volatility. It can certainly be disruptive, whether it be the ever-changing tariff treatment on bifacial module technology or an outright import exclusion from adversarial countries. Equipment and materials make up the majority of the capital stack on a project, so the influence of these types of things can really move the needle. We are fairly resilient to some of those influences due to our domestic sourcing strategies, but it’s still a very important topic to stay on top of. The other thing I would mention would be specifically resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic — the general slowdown in debt financing and tax equity on near-term projects. Projects that were already in process are certainly moving forward, but the ones that were next in the queue seem to be taking a little bit longer. We’re working hard with our customers during this slow period on upcoming projects to move as much forward as possible in terms of engineering, permitting, pre-construction planning — the things that are fairly minimal capital expense, so that once the financing is secured, we’re off to the races.
It’s nice to hear how utility scale companies are navigating through our current obstacles. As a small local business here in New Mexico it’s good to hear that clean energy continues to move forward especially during this challenging time we are facing. Great photos. Thanks for the story and podcast Kelly, can’t wait to hear more stories out there.