Resilience Valuation and Planning for Solar and Storage on Critical Infrastructure

Suzanne Groneman, Mohammed Ben-Idris, Timothy Farkas, Alison Holm, Wilson Rickerson, Shoshana Cohen, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This case study report documents the City's project evolution and the entrepreneurial ways through which the City approached the questions of how solar and storage could support their resilience efforts and how to value and pay for solar-plus-storage systems. This report documents how and why the City of Reno came to the specific conclusion to integrate solar and storage into their Public Safety Center retrofit project and apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) funding. (The City of Reno applied for and was awarded FEMA BRIC funding in January 2021; leveraging work that was underway in this project.) This report provides an overview for other local governments to draw inspiration from when considering how to prioritize community values and pursue multi-stakeholder dialogue around resilient energy solutions. The City of Reno's experience can serve as a starting point for other communities interested in valuing the resilience benefits of solar and storage.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by City of Reno, Reno, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90010


  • C-PACE
  • critical infrastructure
  • funding sources
  • public safety
  • Reno
  • solar plus storage
  • value of resilience


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