Electrical & Renewable Solutions
From lights to internet connections, businesses to hospitals, we build the systems that power everyday life. You need the power of the Acterra Group—Electrical Division.
The electrical and communication systems and components we install and maintain represent the foundation of the lives we lead. The wires, conduits, switch boxes, fiber optics and structured cabling take on significant importance when viewed through the lens of the progress they allow. After all, modern life doesn’t exist unless our structures operate safely and reliably as designed. Acterra understands that your projects and your business are all about the customers that make use of them.
Leader in Electrical Construction and Maintenance
The Acterra Group is a full-service electrical contractor with the ability and experience to offer our clients a broad array of options and services to choose. Acterra can offer a cost efficient solution to meet not only your project budget but also your schedule. In the end, you are assured of achieving the greatest value in your project.
A strong history of quality service, professionalism and reliability enabled Acterra to develop our technical services, employee commitment and financial strength. Understanding and communicating details are very important for your project and will be carried out to meet your needs.
- New construction
- Generators/ Transfer switch
- UPS systems
- Control systems
- Power distribution
- Hazardous environments
- Solar power
- Wind energy
- Tenant improvement
- Electrical service upgrades
- Fire alarm systems
- Lighting retrofits
- Control systems
- Retail/ Mixed-use facilities
- Retail/ Mixed-use facilities
- Panel and service changes
- New home electrical wiring
- Home remodels and additions
- Repairs and troubleshooting
- Indoor and outdoor GFCIs
- Low voltage wiring
Acterra Electrical Services is equipped to manage all of your commercial building electrical requirements at every level—from million dollar new-build projects to minor electrical installations and repairs. Our goal is to create a commercial electrical system that ensures safety and energy efficiency, while equipping workspaces for maximum productivity as needs grow over time.
At Acterra Electrical, we have the experience you can trust, but we’re always looking to stay on top of technological and industrial advancements to continually give our customers the best product and service possible. From new commercial construction and remodeling to building retrofit and electrical maintenance services, we serve the electrical needs of commercial & industrial property owners with quality and timely services.
Acterra has extensive experience in the industrial electrical services area. Our staff of licensed and master electricians stays on top of all the latest industry trends, up-to-date changes in energy efficient technology and current revisions to state codes.
Our commercial wiring services has a team of licensed, professional electricians to handle all your electrical wiring needs, from new construction to renovations.
Acterra provides ongoing, year-round maintenance for multi-family, retail centers and commercial property owners and property managers. Proactive and regular check-ups can save owners considerable operations costs. That’s a savings that HOA managers and property managers are proud to pass along to their clients, ensuring client retention and satisfaction.
Outages can be costly
Today nearly all facility electrical loads are deemed essential because all are necessary for the normal continuation of the business. According to research by contingency planning organizations, the cost of an electrical outage can exceed $1 million per hour for the average large business. In certain industries such as semiconductor manufacturing, energy production and telecommunications, losses may reach $2-$3 million per hour or higher. Given these high-stake risks, facilities managers worldwide are being forced to evaluate new options for providing a continuous supply of power.
As the risk of financial loss due to an outage escalates, so does the justification for standby power systems that meet more than just minimum safety or electrical code needs.
The Acterra Electric Division sells, install, and service Generac backup-power systems for home, commercial, and industrial use. Generac completely redefined automatic standby power for the home and commercial market. Applying leading-edge technologies, they shattered the cost, noise and environmental barriers that once made standby power impractical for small to mid-sized businesses.
Generac has long been recognized as the world’s number one manufacturer of automatic standby systems for the home, outselling our nearest competitor five to one. Employing advanced, cost effective manufacturing techniques and processes assures our customers of superior products and excellent value. Acterra supports Generac products with licensed electricians. Generac and Acterra believe every business should have the protection of a reliable standby power system. Now they can.
Diesel and Fuel Oil Backup Generators
A diesel and/or fuel oil engine has more torque which is what supplies the power to run a generator. For really large diesel and fuel oil backup generators, this can be really important, especially for generators required to kick on and run critical systems, such as found in a hospital. If a hospital loses power, the generators need to be powerful enough to support the many different life saving systems that are being run to treat, monitor and save hundreds of lives.
A diesel engine has better fuel efficiency. This is easy to think of in terms of an automobile where you are talking about miles per gallon. For example, a full size pick up with a gas engine averages 12 or 13 MPG. But a similar diesel truck will easily get 18+ MPG. Now, diesel backup generators are not actually going anywhere, but the truck example illustrates that for an equal amount of fuel, your diesel generator will run for a longer period of time. When power is lost, you often don’t know how long you will need to rely upon the generator before power returns. The more fuel efficient your generator’s engine is, the better. Diesel backup generators will have an overall longer life than a gas powered generator. This is because a diesel engine is, by design, beefier than a gas engine. A diesel engine is a compression engine, this means that it squeezes the fuel/air mixture until enough heat is built up that it ignites on its own, no spark plugs are used. The explosion caused by compression versus plug is more powerful, so the engine has to be heavier duty to handle that extra explosive force.
Lower maintenance – This is simply due to the fact that it has less moving parts. As previously mentioned, it is a compression engine, so no spark plugs, which means no spark plug wires or distributor, all things that need to be replaced periodically on a gas engine.
Finally, if in a real bind, a diesel or fuel oil engine can burn other fuels without any alteration. Rudolph Diesel, the inventor of the diesel motor ran his first engine on peanut oil. Other vegetable oils will work also, though we wouldn’t suggest running your diesel engine on other fuels unless it is a real emergency! Now, one of the main complaints against diesel engines is the noise. And though diesel backup generators may also be louder, many of them are larger industrial sized units. Most such businesses keep these types of units a basement or other out of the way place, where most people will not hear them, so this concern does not apply in most instances. Of course we can also add noise reducing enclosures to abate the noise concerns. For larger generator needs, diesel backup generators should be given serious consideration. The engines are more powerful, more fuel efficient, require less maintenance and last longer than equivalent gas powered motors.
Diesel Fuel and Fuel Oil Backup and Emergency Power
Acterra provides complete turn-key construction and equipment systems for fuel oil related emergency and standby power systems. Our team can design and build your facility and install state-of-the-art equipment to provide the most cost effective backup power systems. We provide solutions for all your power needs.
An emergency power system is an independent power generation system that is legally required to feed equipment or systems whose failure may present a life safety hazard to persons or property. A backup power system refers to an independent power system that allows operation of a facility in the event of normal power failure. Businesses and institutions can lose power due to: tornados, hurricanes, ice storms, capacity-related issues or many other such events. The installation of emergency and standby power systems provide uninterrupted power for essential operations and help businesses comply with life/safety codes.
Acterra Group designs and builds systems to provide reliable fuel supply for Mission Critical and Emergency Power applications. Our systems accommodate a wide range of configurations, from standard packages to more complex jobs. The systems are used at critical facilities such as telecommunications centers, data centers, waste water treatment plants, hospitals / medical centers and internet service sites where downtime is not an option.
As a turn-key provider we provide pre-engineered, fully assembled fuel storage systems delivered to the site for easy installation by our installation team. Whether for a data center, health-care building or 911 call center, a great deal of time and effort are put into the design of the emergency backup generators, switch gear and UPS equipment that supply emergency backup power.
At Acterra, the management of the wind energy and renewable energy construction process is where we make the difference on a project. Our wind energy and renewable energy construction teams provide a single source capable of developing concepts into construction reality.
By combining our wind energy and renewable energy development expertise with our extensive construction experience, we create a streamlined and cost-effective approach lowering the overall cost of ownership for our clients while maintaining a high quality end-product.
It is the goal of Acterra to bring opportunities to fruition in the wind energy, renewable energy and alternative fuels business. We have the ability to assist with project finance, complete construction, equipment procurement and management of projects for those projects needing assistance.
Solar Energy Photovoltaics
Acterra Electrical provides commercial, industrial, and residential users with solar technology. Increasing power costs have given new rise to photovoltaics, or PV for short. Unlike solar panels of yesteryear, PV technology generates enough energy to supply the structure it’s built into as well as supplying the electrical grid serving the neighborhood. Acterra Electrical installs PV systems in residences and commercial buildings.
PV systems contain crystalline cells that convert the light of the sun directly into energy. These roofing panels can be installed over any conventional roofing material, for example over roofing tile. The systems can also be installed on the “eyebrows” over windows, in glass-on-glass skylights and in panoramic view walls. The power output from these durable panels is guaranteed for 20 years.
Acterra provides consultation, planning, and execution for wind energy projects. Our services include but are not limited to:
- Strategy Development
- Project Feasibility Studies
- Renewable Energy Project Business Plans
- Cost estimates and cash flow analysis
- Site selection & Permitting reviews
- Technology Selection
- Due diligence reviews and project evaluations
- Construction management
- PPA Negotiations
Alternative Fuels Balance of Plant Services
The Acterra team can provide complete balance of plant construction services for biofuels processing plants and biofuels storage facilities. Our team provides design-build construction from inception to completion, including:
An experienced construction manager supervises the work on each biofuels construction job site. The construction manager schedules and coordinates the work, verifies the quality and completion level of each element of the job and ensures that the work progresses properly with order and safety. We build rugged, tough, safe plants that make money for their owners, providing quick, quality construction while saving engineering cost and project time and are adaptable to meet your unique requirements. Most of our designs include shop-built systems, which drastically reduce the complexity, time and cost of engineering and field installation.
The skill of our project managers is the key to building successful plants. Each project manager is capable of taking a biofuels construction project from an uncleared field to a completed plant, and is responsible for the progress and success of the entire job. He or she is in constant communication with our on-site construction managers, and makes frequent and regular site visits to verify progress, quality and safety.
We leverage our global presence by purchasing the most reliable and efficient equipment from vendors around the world for biofuels construction projects. We demand quality, dependability and experience as well as a competitive installed cost. Most major equipment is purchased from vendors with a proven track record who have served us well for many years.
Service & Maintenance
Acterra can manage all of your service requirements at every level—from trouble-shooting to minor electrical repairs and ongoing, year-round maintenance. Our proactive approach and regular check-ups allow us to make quick adjustments as your business grows and your needs change, helping you save on operational costs in both the short- and long-run.
Acterra is proud to service:
- Generators/Transfer Switches
- Control Systems
- Power Distributors
- Solar and Wind Projects
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Lighting Systems
- Electrical Wiring