Category: C&I Generation
Urban environments, which consume 70% of global energy, present unique challenges for solar development. In addition to space, roof and, in many cases, shading constraints, they typically have high energy costs with infrastructure that is often difficult and expensive to upgrade. City populations also have high and ever-increasing energy demands. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cities are projected to house 60% of the global population by 2030. As a result of burning fossil fuels to meet this intense energy demand, urban populations also often suffer from poor air quality, which has serious health consequences; the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) have linked respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and even cancer to air pollution.
Many cities recognize the detrimental environmental and health effects of conventional energy consumption and have set aggressive renewable energy targets. However, integrating renewable energy in urban environments can seem especially daunting because of the complex permitting processes, grid constraints and challenging construction conditions.
This presentation will cover the challenges typically encountered in these environments with case studies that highlight relevant experience in New York City (Cornell Tech & Kinder Morgan), Washington D.C. (Arena Stage) and Boston (University of Massachusetts).
Developers, incentive program managers, city planners, urban policy specialists, engineering firms and others will all benefit from this presentation on best practices in navigating urban solar development.
Lucie Dupas– Vice President of Engineering, EnterSolar