Federal agencies face energy-related requirements on new construction projects and major renovations. These Federal requirements range from reductions in fossil-fuel use to specifying the use of certain renewable energy technologies. As some agencies have already found out, not all sites or construction projects are created equal. Because many of the requirements are agency-wide, an effective and efficient way to meet these requirements is to consider and identify appropriate locations for these technologies across all agency land and building assets.
FEMP can help Federal agencies conduct a renewable energy screening at all of its sites, or just at all of its upcoming construction project locations. Identifying renewable energy potential at an agency-wide level enables an agency to gain a high-level overview of potential opportunities and to provide early screening information to all upcoming projects.
At this stage in the assessment process, a screening report often includes:
- Site location (address or latitude and longitude)
- Estimated site energy cost and use
- Available renewable energy resource by type
- Available financial incentives
- Economic factors and renewable energy technology characteristics.
Other considerations, such as potential available land or roof area, energy security requirements, or net metering limitations, may also be included if available.
Generally, this high-level screening results in a ranked ordering of candidate sites listed in order of potential economic feasibility. This type of analysis is not meant to be definitive, but can serve as a means to identify potential opportunities across an agency or to prioritize sites for more in-depth analysis. When working to incorporate renewable energy technologies into an agency's new building stock, this listing can be used to identify the most promising locations to integrate renewable energy in new construction.
FEMP contacts can offer assistance for conducting an agency-wide renewable energy screening.