Clear Sky Toolkit: Decision Support User Guide

Randy Deshazo, Alana Todd, Sarah Vitale, CJ Reynolds, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The Clear Sky Decision Support Template is a Microsoft Excel-based resource that enables users to screen and prioritize critical facilities for the addition of solar + storage. The Decision Support Template consolidates and streamlines the most relevant resources from the emergency management discipline, the electric utility sector, and national energy research institutions to assist in further site analysis and decision-making. The Decision Support Template is intended for use by local government and private sector decision-makers who aim to mitigate the effects of power outages on critical infrastructure, understand the potential for deploying photovoltaic (PV) and storage solutions on critical facilities, and align emergency management planning processes and utility needs with community resilience objectives. The Decision Support Template is divided into five modules that provide a structured, step-by-step approach users can follow and apply to unique circumstances. This process guides a more thorough and accurate assessment of a site's potential to accommodate a solar + storage system, provide grid benefits to utilities, and support community resilience and disaster mitigation for the broader region. After identifying potentially viable and preferred sites for solar + storage using the Decision Support Template, users should conduct a more detailed evaluation and consultation with a solar professional.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages83
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Pinellas Park, Florida

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-89999


  • community partners
  • disaster preparedness
  • Florida
  • local government
  • mitigation
  • resilience
  • solar+storage


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