The City of Clearwater and McKim & Creed conducted a full city-wide solar and sustainability feasibility study to determine an energy reduction and solar integration plan to help the City achieve its sustainability goals.
The City of Clearwater and McKim & Creed conducted a full city-wide solar and sustainability feasibility study to determine an energy reduction and solar integration plan to help the City achieve its sustainability goals.

City of Clearwater Solar Feasibility Study

The built environment is one of the largest consumers of energy; in this space, the City of Clearwater in Florida is a trailblazer. The City of Clearwater and McKim & Creed conducted a full city-wide solar and sustainability feasibility study to determine an energy reduction and solar integration plan to help the City achieve its sustainability goals. By 2035, the City aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 2007 emission levels and to 80 percent below 2007 emission levels by 2050.

Our team’s analysis began with a complete evaluation of the City’s network of more than 40 buildings, parking lots, and garages to make assessments as part of an energy conservation master plan. The study provided the City with comprehensive analysis reports and on-site investigations into the following: electricity bill and load profile (energy plus demand) analyses, building and rooftop plan set reviews, DER (distributed energy resources) models, interconnect conditions, and financial IRR (internal rate of return) and cash flow analyses. The study revealed that several buildings and garages are suitable for a DER system with positive NPV (net preset value).

The study concluded with a presentation that included a visualization of datasets to clearly identify where improvements could be made to achieve the City’s energy and sustainability goals. The Tableau-based interactive dashboard allows users to select the different categories of buildings to visualize both engineering and financial metrics.

Project Details

Client City of Clearwater
Location Clearwater, FL