Manatee County Clear Sky Assessment Process: Prioritizing Solar + Storage for Resilient Facilities & Communities

Eric Caplan, Lea Harper, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The Clear Sky Tampa Bay project was a 15-month collaborative research effort to support solar + storage deployment for community resilience in Florida. The Clear Sky Decision Support Toolkit isa collection of resources designed to support users in conducting solar + storage prioritization and feasibility screening assessments at critical facilities. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council worked with four local governments in the region to test and apply the Toolkit. This case study series describes how each partner government used the Toolkit and highlights key insights and lessons learned that other users could follow to replicate the process. Manatee County applied the Clear Sky Decision Support Toolkit to two of the county's critical facilities: Nolan Middle School, which serves as a special needs emergency shelter, and its Public Safety Complex (PSC), which houses critical services including emergency management, communications, and medical services, traffic control, and more. The PSC serves as the Emergency Operations Center during activation events. The Clear Sky assessment process improved interagency communication and coordination and informed siting decisions for a potential solar + storage system for the Manatee County PSC.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Manatee County, Florida

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90002


  • case study
  • disaster
  • Florida
  • local government
  • resilience
  • solar+storage


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