Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Renewable Electricity Producers, and Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs), to name a few, are increasingly interested in sustainability metrics to evaluate solar, wind and battery storage projects. Just as buildings can be evaluated and receive green building certification such as LEED, more tools and processes are available to similarly evaluate infrastructure projects including renewable energy projects. There are several types of tools and metrics. This poster presents data from a case study of three solar sites. We also present information regarding how these tools are designed, the metrics they have devised, and some of the details regarding how they measure success and offer certification. Finally, we discuss how best to communicate results from this kind of infrastructure project evaluation.
Rachel Walker– Senior Environmental Scientist, Barr Engineering Co.