The Clear Sky Tampa Bay project team invites you to a webinar on June 30th for the release of the Clear Sky Toolkit composed of regionally applicable resources to assess the feasibility of commercial-scale solar + storage to support public safety, disaster preparedness and post-disaster recovery objectives.
Recent natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have reinforced the necessity of reliable power to sustain essential services and critical facilities, and interest is increasing in installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems combined with battery energy storage (solar + storage) to provide backup power during electric grid outages. However, building owners, operators, and investors often lack the technical expertise for conducting solar + storage assessments that include disaster risk reduction and broader community resilience benefits.
With support from National Renewable Energy Laboratory through Round 2 of the Solar Energy Innovation Network program, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) led a 15-month collaborative research project to develop a toolkit that offers a more robust, streamlined assessment process to site and prioritize critical facilities for solar + storage to enhance community resilience, which can inform decision-making and new investments.
On June 30, 2021, 9:30-11:00am, TBRPC will host a Clear Sky Toolkit launch webinar via Zoom to share the process of developing these resources and ways for users to apply the Clear Sky Toolkit within their own community to strengthen energy and overall community resilience. County and City government partners will share lessons learned about energy resilience within their jurisdictions and tips for other users of the Clear Sky Toolkit more broadly. This webinar should be attended by anyone seeking to improve the resilience of communities through targeted applications of solar + storage technology on critical facilities.