Solar 2011: Approach to Net Zero Energy Analysis for Military Installations

Kari Burman, Kate Anderson, Samuel Booth, Michael Callahan

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Net zero energy is a concept of energy self-sufficiency based on minimized demand and use of local renewable energy (RE) resources. A net zero energy military installation is defined as: "A military installation that produces as much energy on-site from renewable energy generation or through the on-site use of renewable fuels, as it consumes in its buildings, facilities, and fleet vehicles."[1] The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind strategy for evaluating a military installation's potential to achieve net zero energy status, including an assessment of baseline energy use, energy use reduction opportunities from efficiency or behavior changes, RE generation opportunities, electrical systems analysis of renewable interconnection, microgrid potential, and transportation energy savings. This paper describes NREL's net zero energy assessment strategy and provides a planning guide for other organizations interested in evaluating net zero potential. Also included in this paper is a case study and lessons learned from NREL's net zero energy assessments at several military installations, including the importance of enforcing and funding mandates, providing leadership support, collecting accurate data, and selecting appropriate technologies. Finally, NREL evaluated whether the net zero concept is a useful framework for analyzing an energy strategy and setting reasonable goals.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2011
Event40th ASES National Solar Conference 2011, SOLAR 2011 - Raleigh, NC, United States
Duration: 17 May 201120 May 2011


Conference40th ASES National Solar Conference 2011, SOLAR 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRaleigh, NC

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-7A40-50888


  • greeenhouse gas
  • net zero energy
  • renewable energy
  • solar


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