Develop Robust On-Site Distributed Energy Resource Systems with Technical Specifications for Solar Photovoltaics, Wind, and Battery Storage  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)

Cincinnati, OH

0.3 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This workshop provides an overview of new customizable Federal Energy Program (FEMP) technical specifications (solar photovoltaic (PV) web tool, wind and battery storage web resources (BESS)) and demonstrates how to use them to plan for a new on-site system. Adding basic technical requirements to a project increases the odds of a successful, well-performing, and safe system and captures valuable ancillary benefits that may otherwise be overlooked. Technical requirements embody valuable lessons learned that protect agency investment in solar PV, wind, and BESS assets.


Alice Orrell, Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Alice Orrell is the distributed wind subject matter expert at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She provides renewable energy resource assessments and wind energy project development support for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) clients and distributed wind market research and analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As part of a team that evaluates DOD sites for wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, waste-to-energy, and ocean energy, Alice is responsible for the wind energy resource assessments and wind project development efforts. She has helped to evaluate over 75 DOD sites for wind energy potential and has managed the installation of three meteorological towers on DOD properties. Alice is the lead author of the annual Distributed Wind Market Report produced for DOE. The Market Report serves as a primary information source that helps manufacturers, installers, developers, policy makers, and other industry players better understand the U.S. and global distributed wind markets. Alice is a professional engineer in the State of Washington and worked in the power industry prior to joining PNNL, both as an independent consultant in the wind power industry and as an engineer for an engineering, procurement, and construction contractor designing natural gas fueled power plants. Her educational accomplishments include a B.S., mechanical engineering, from the University of Vermont and a M.B.A., business administration, from the University of Washington.

Doug Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Doug Gagne is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He currently provides early-stage federal project development support for renewable energy and resilience projects, including techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site's power needs. He also supports early-stage resilience project development and brings extensive federal procurement expertise.

Gerald Robinson, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Gerald Robinson is an Energy manager with over 25 years' experience initiating and completing a broad range of energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy system initiatives. Gerald has an extensive track record of innovative yet practical problem solving in both the private and public sectors. Gerald's management experience spans a wide variety of organizations including universities, municipalities, large corporations, non-governmental organizations, and federal agencies. He has gained an extensive knowledge of all phases of project development and implementation including, legal & regulatory, engineering, project finance, audits, system commissioning, specifications writing, construction management and commissioning.
Gerald is an ardent customer advocate able to work with a wide variety of stakeholders. He acts in the role of agency technical advocate drawing upon his background not only as an energy manager but also as a plant manager while at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where he led the university through many multi-million-dollar utility infrastructure modernization and planning projects.


Nichole Liebov, Program Manager, Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)    

Nichole Liebov is a program manager at DOE FEMP leading the distributed energy and energy procurement program. A scientist by training, she works to support federal agencies with the development and implementation of on-site projects (e.g., solar PV, battery storage, wind) as well as off-site clean electricity procurement.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify how to use FEMP's easy-to-use, customizable on-site solar PV technical specifications tool, and wind and BESS templates; Identify valuable non-energy benefits that on-site generation projects can offer;
  • Recognize common solar PV, wind, and battery codes and standards;
  • Identify important technical requirements for distributed energy resources to enhance safety, performance, and longevity; and
  • Recognize procurement and site-specific requirements that could impact the technical specifications.
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