Procuring and Operating On-Site Solar PV With Focus on Maintenance Contracting Over the Lifespan of the Asset  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
1 hour
10:00AM - 11:00AM (ET)

Pittsburgh, PA

0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Based on successes and challenges faced by the Army and other agencies that maintain large amounts of onsite solar PV and storage assets, this session will cover topics related to how to procure a new system or maintain an existing system for high reliability. All facets of techno-economic issues will be discussed. Participants will leave the workshop with knowledge and contacts that can be utilized immediately on agency projects. This workshop will focus on agency-to-agency information exchange and be based on actual challenges and successes.


Brad Gustafson, Program Manager, Army, Department of Defense  

Forward-thinking and solution-oriented licensed professional engineer and experienced energy program manager. In-depth experience in private and public sectors including successful leadership of energy services programs with demonstrated expertise in enterprise-wide planning and implementation of energy, water, and sustainability projects. Extensive experience with third party financed projects including long-term program planning and project planning and development for both Energy Saving Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Services Contracts.

Andy Walker, Senior Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Department of Energy  

Dr. Andy Walker helps inform the strategy of the lab and serves as a resource for helping staff develop ideas and ensure quality. He develops new methods for engineering and economic analysis of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Gerald Robinson, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory, Department of Energy  

Senior manager with over 19 years' experience initiating and completing a broad range of energy efficiency, water conservation, and solar photovoltaic system initiatives. Extensive track record of innovative yet practical problem solving. Management with a wide variety of organizations including universities, municipalities, large corporations, and NGOs and within these, Trustees, VPs, CEO's, Business Officers and operations personnel. Extensive knowledge of all phases of project development and implementation including technical sales, research, project finance, audits, building commissioning, analysis, specifications writing and construction management.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify how to achieve high reliability through each project phase: a. engineering, b. construction/commission c. operations;
  • Identify lessons learned from other federal agencies' successes and mistakes;
  • Identify what to do when you have an existing system that is not reliable and or even safe;
  • Identify what other agencies are doing to maintain, monitor and measure success.