Procuring Solar Energy: A Guide for Federal Facility Decision Makers, September 2010

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    This guide presents an overview of the process for successfully planning for and installing solar technology on a federal site. It is specifically targeted to managers of federal buildings and sites, contracting officers, energy and sustainability officers, and regional procurement managers. The solar project process is outlined in a concise, easy-to-understand, step-by-step format. Informationincludes a brief overview of legislation and executive orders related to renewable energy and the compelling reasons for implementing a solar project on a federal site. It also includes how to assess a facility to identify the best solar installation site, project recommendations and considerations to help avoid unforeseen issues, and guidance on financing and contracting options. Case studieswith descriptions of successful solar deployments across multiple agencies are presented. In addition, detailed information and sample documents for specific tasks are referenced with Web links or included in the appendixes. The guide concentrates on distributed solar generation and not large, centralized solar energy generation.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages104
    StatePublished - 2010

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/BK-7A2-47854

    Other Report Number

    • DOE/GO-102010-3030


    • federal agency
    • federal buildings
    • federal decision maker
    • federal facility
    • federal renewable energy
    • federal sites
    • federal solar
    • federal solar energy
    • procure solar
    • solar
    • solar energy
    • solar energy project
    • solar installations
    • solar projects


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