Distributed-Scale Renewable Energy Projects: From Planning to Project Closeout

On Demand Training

2.5 hours

FEMP e-training

Renewable energy, leveraged from natural, renewable resources, delivers electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications to Federal facilities and fleets. This course focuses on the planning and implementation of distributed-scale renewable energy projects, those smaller than 10 megawatts. The course outlines a detailed 10-step process from technology screening to project closeout. Explored are online tools and resources available for the selection of cost-effective renewable energy projects on federal sites.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan facility renewable energy projects using available screening tools for renewable energy resources, savings to investment ratio analysis, and feasibility studies as well as demonstrate the ability to determine renewable energy funding thresholds to define project requirements, propose a project site, and estimate project costs
  • Assemble and work in integrated project teams (Facility Managers, Building Operating Engineers, Planners, Contracting Officers, Contractors, Occupants, etc.) to execute distributed-scale renewable energy projects (less than10MW)
  • Apply knowledge of renewable energy project development, including technology and resource specifics, for solar (thermal and photovoltaic), wind, and biomass projects
  • Develop required contracting documents, such as RFPs, taking advantage of performance based contracting and design-build approaches to achieve optimal results.

This e-learning course is hosted on the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) learning management system. To take the course, click the Start button below. Then log into the WBDG system to launch the course and take the multiple choice assessment. Students will earn .30 IACET CEUs upon successful completion of the course and assessment.

In partnership with Whole Buildings Design Guide, a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences. IACET logo


  • Dr. Andy Walker, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Read bio.
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