April 7, 2011
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||LIVE - Solar Strategies for Public Works
Solar isn’t just for major cities; however, successfully executing a renewable energy strategy does require significant legal, procurement, property management, and engineering expertise that may not be readily available to smaller local governments.
Through a series of case studies, the first part of this session will explore different financing, procurement, and management strategies for making solar power work for small communities.
Some of the concepts/strategies explored include:
• Regional Collaboration: Smaller cities often lack the technical, financial, and organizational capabilities needed to successfully adopt renewable energy. By working together, smaller jurisdictions can take advantage of economies of scale to lower total costs and accelerate project completion.
• Portfolio Assessment: Solar projects in smaller municipalities are often tied to a single public works project such as new building construction or roof replacement. However, single sites are often too small to interest solar installers/developers. A comprehensive portfolio assessment that systematically evaluates the solar and economic potential of all relevant municipal properties may identify less obvious opportunities and help to maximize project value.
• Project Economics: Ensuring a solid return on investment is a complex task for projects of all sizes. Learn the pros and cons of solar financing options for smaller scale solar projects from case studies of cities that have already adopted solar.
The second half of this program will focus on the design of solar pv installations on existing roofs and new roofs
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems have unique funding, design, and installation issues on new roofs, and especially on older roofs, relating to roof design, water tightness, and roof longevity; and have structural complexities caused by higher dead and live loads, wind uplift, and seismic/thermal movement.
Public Works professionals must keep pace with rapidly changing design implications of literally hundreds of variations in products on the market, and become current in the understanding of evolving technology in PV materials and components.
When properly planned, designed, financed, and installed, PV systems offer significant reductions in energy costs. On certain properties, PV can provide tax advantages, even to local government, when the costs are “sold” to willing buyers.
In addition to design issues and real life examples, this presentation will show how financial issues can be and are interconnected with design issues.
After viewing this program, participants will be better able to:
• Make informed budgeting decisions about the real costs of solar installations.
• Evaluate and secure the best solar deal for their community.
• Determine how design issues and other issues will impact funding and approval, and provide real life examples of how these issues impacted actual projects.
This program has been approved for .2 CEUs or 2 PDHs. The form to request these credits is included in the handouts for this program. Please note there is a $5 fee per individual requesting CEUs.
VP of Operations
Mr. Foster manages the global services operation at Optony to ensure that clients are presented with solar solutions that meet their specific needs and ultimately receive the full benefits from their investments. Ben has 20 years of experience in evaluating and implementing complex service-related projects to deliver maximum returns.
As a former senior manager for McGraw-Hill Construction and Platts (the leader in global energy information), he employs his expertise to develop viable options for solar projects. Ben received his B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder and MBA from Old Dominion University along the designations of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). He is an invited guest lecturer at San Jose State University, Denver University and Peking University on the topics of green technology, solar economics, product lifecycle management and global supply chain operations.
He previously served on the Board of Directors for the University of Colorado, Boulder Alumni Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and the Clean Cities Coalition of Santa Clara County.
Energy and Solar Divisional Manager
Allana Buick & Bers, Inc.
Mr. Ball is the Energy and Solar Division Manager for Allana Buick
& Bers. Mr. Ball has over 20 years of management experience
including 11 years in solar technology systems design/sales and over
8 megawatts of solar deployment and project management. He has
invaluable knowledge of the various types of alternative technologies
and deployment techniques and the various applications to different
building and property types. He observes construction activities to
verify compliance with contract documents, maintains daily reports
and records of construction activities, and acts as liaison between
architects, engineers and contractors.
He has in depth understanding of solar manufacturing processes
and efficiencies, site evaluation, system design, solar electrical
engineering, structural considerations and impacts along with
energy financial economics & financial analytics, feasibility and
financing partners, including power purchase agreements and
energy service agreements, contracts management as well as EPC
negotiation and contracting and utility usage, load profiling and
utility interconnection assessment as well as energy tax incentives
and local rebate incentives in relation to project net costs and IRR/
In addition to his sales and business development experience, Mr.
Ball has a background and training in various construction trades
with an emphasis on roofing, which gives him a comprehensive
understanding of solar integration.
||Moderator: Howard A. Mann, CPFP
Fleet & Facilities Manager
City of Leawood