Applying the Updated Buy American Act to New Onsite Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects   

Education Type: 
Live Online
Duration: 
1 Hour
Level: 
Intermediate
Date: 
07-14-2022
Time: 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
FEMP IACET: 
0.2 CEU

The Buy American Act (BAA) was established to help the government leverage its buying power to support United States industries, including the renewable energy industry. With federal solar photovoltaic (PV) projects on the rise, it is imperative for federal purchasers to understand how BAA applies in renewable energy projects to avoid project delays. This webinar reviews the latest updates to the BAA, discusses how to ensure federal solar PV systems comply with the BAA, and provides tips on conducting market research to verify claims.

Instructors

Gerald Robinson, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

As a program manager and principal investigator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Energy Technology Area (LBNL-ETA), Gerald largely works to address procurement barriers related to the adaption of resilient energy technologies. Related to this effort, Gerald is part of a team of researchers investigating solar photovoltaic (PV) hardware resiliency and severe weather topics. Gerald supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) resilient energy programs that provide procurement and technical assistance to federal agencies. As part of his role in supporting FEMP, Gerald leads teams developing resilient energy programs and procurements designed to simultaneously reduce utility costs to the taxpayer while increasing the reliability of power supplies feeding federal facilities. Gerald also works on a FEMP team working to develop solar PV operations best practices for federal agencies and produced a solar PV operations and maintenance solicitation template and a guide to spotting and repairing existing vulnerabilities. Gerald has been working in commercial and institutional energy management since 1992.

Billie Holecek, Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Billie Holecek has worked as a research associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2020. She helps support federal agencies by providing technical and procurement guidance for the adoption of distributed energy resources. She also works to support both federal and state offices to provide support for their energy-efficient product procurement efforts. Billie attended the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she obtained a Bachelor's of Science in sustainable energy management.

Fatima Abdul-Khabir, Research Associate in the Building and Industrial Applications Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  

Fatima joined Berkeley Lab to work with federal and state energy programs on increasing the uptake of energy-efficient and clean energy technologies. Fatima works with organizations and agencies to reduce their energy use and costs by utilizing effective acquisition language, developing policy to shape their sustainable procurement goals, and ensuring their e-procurement tools are able to support sustainable procurement. Previously, Fatima worked on decarbonization efforts as a part of the sustainability team at a San Mateo County Community College District.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify how to apply the updated BAA requirements to new onsite solar PV procurement;
  • Describe and utilize the waiver process when necessary; Identify which components of solar PV systems are relevant to BAA compliance; and
  • Recognize how to verify BAA product claims through market research.

Tools/Resources

Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: