The Economics of Resilient Solar+Storage for Critical Infrastructure

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

In this webinar, presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project, guest speakers from NREL and CUNY presented the findings and detailed the methodology used in their recent report, Economic and Resiliency Impact of PV and Storage on New York Critical Infrastructure.

This report analyzed the technical and economic viability of solar+storage on three critical infrastructure sites in New York City: a school that is part of a coastal storm shelter system, a fire station that was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, and a senior center that serves as a cooling center during heat emergencies.

This new analysis differs from previous solar+storage studies by placing a monetary value on resiliency, which essentially adds a new revenue stream representing the avoided cost of a power outage. The results of their analysis show that adding resilient power in the form of solar+storage can be economically viable for the city’s critical infrastructure, and that it may be similarly beneficial to other commercial buildings.

Guest Speakers:

  • Lars Lisell, New York State Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY
  • Kate Anderson, Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Erica Helson, New York State Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY

This webinar was a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. For more information, please visit