Distributed-Scale Renewable Energy Projects: From Planning to Project Closeout  

Course ID: 
2.5 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
2.5 LU | HSW
0.30 CEU
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Renewable energy, leveraged from natural, renewable resources, delivers electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications to Federal facilities and fleets. This course focuses on the planning and implementation of distributed-scale renewable energy projects, those smaller than 10 megawatts. The course outlines a detailed 10-step process from technology screening to project closeout. Explored are online tools and resources available for the selection of cost-effective renewable energy projects on federal sites.


Andy Walker, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Andy Walker is principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he conducts engineering and economic analysis of renewable energy projects for FEMP and other non-governmental clients. Dr. Walker is an instructor and has authored more than 28 book chapters, journal articles, and papers. He holds a bachelor's of science degree, a master's of science degree, and a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan facility renewable energy projects using available screening tools for renewable energy resources, savings to investment ratio analysis, and feasibility studies as well as demonstrate the ability to determine renewable energy funding thresholds to define project requirements, propose a project site, and estimate project costs;
  • Assemble and work in integrated project teams (Facility Managers, Building Operating Engineers, Planners, Contracting Officers, Contractors, Occupants, etc.) to execute distributed-scale renewable energy projects (less than10MW);
  • Apply knowledge of renewable energy project development, including technology and resource specifics, for solar (thermal and photovoltaic), wind, and biomass projects; and
  • Develop required contracting documents, such as RFPs, taking advantage of performance based contracting and design-build approaches to achieve optimal results.