Forum: Case Studies on Resilient PV Systems
Solar Market Pathways teams in NYC and San Francisco, with US DOE SunShot support, are developing analyses to demonstrate the many values of solar+storage, including resiliency. Both teams are creating tools and resources, including a publicly available resiliency calculator, to help local governments integrate resilient PV into emergency planning.
Organizer: Erica Helson
Erica Helson leads Sustainable CUNY’s NYSolar Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub, a 3-year effort supported by the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a path to greater resiliency in New York’s energy infrastructure through solar and storage. As an ombudsman, Erica engages stakeholders across the public sector and solar and energy storage industries through working groups that focus on reducing the technological, regulatory and financial barriers to the resilient PV market. Prior to joining Sustainable CUNY, Erica supported NYSERDA’s Commercial and Industrial energy efficiency incentive programs, and worked as a project manager for a solar installer in California. She also gained an understanding of disaster recovery and the need for emergency power at the American Red Cross, where she managed the Los Angeles Chapter’s disaster preparedness program, and supported relief efforts for local and national disasters.
Kate Anderson leads the Technical Assessment and Screening Group within the Energy Analysis and Decision Science Directorate of the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Kate leads a team of technical experts supporting federal, state, and local entities with techno-economic modeling and analysis, field assessments, design, and implementation of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) opportunities. Kate’s work includes providing technical assistance and deployment guidance on EE and RE technologies to meet aggressive energy goals, conducting renewable energy screenings, developing net zero energy strategies for military bases, valuing energy security, and evaluating PV interconnection solutions and PV deployment. Before joining NREL, Kate conducted missile defense system testing and launched research satellites for the United States Air Force. She has degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Renewable Energy Systems Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Kacia Brockman is Senior Renewable Energy Coordinator for San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, where she is helping the city achieve its goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030. She is focused on facilitating the use of distributed energy resources, including energy storage, throughout the city. Before moving to San Francisco she worked as a policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy where she implemented state legislation and influenced state regulatory proceedings in support of energy efficiency and distributed generation, and as a program manager at Energy Trust of Oregon where she designed and implemented Oregon’s primary solar electric and solar water heating incentive programs, funded by a public benefit charge. She served for 8 years on the board of Solar Oregon, Oregon’s ASES chapter. She has a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado and began her career in wireless telecommunications network engineering.
Russell Carr is a Chartered Electrical Engineer specialising in energy and water systems. Russell is experienced in the use of a range of renewable energy software particularly WindPRO, WAsP and PVsyst. Russell leads Arup’s microgrid and energy storage consulting business development in San Francisco. He is responsible for developing business strategy and identifying consulting opportunities to leverage Arup’s technical and commercial microgrid and energy storage experience.