Full Title: Resilient Solar and Battery Storage for Cooling Centers: Mitigating the Impacts of Extreme Heat on Vulnerable Populations
Author(s): Marriele Mango, Geoff Oxnam, Nate Mills, and Connor Sheehan
Publisher(s): Clean Energy Group, American Microgrid Solutions
Publication Date: October 20, 2022
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This report, prepared by Clean Energy Group (CEG) with American Microgrid Solutions (AMS), examines the opportunity for resilient power, solar PV paired with battery storage (solar+storage), to provide reliable backup power to cooling centers when times of extreme heat coincide with power outages. Health impacts of extreme heat, the implications of extreme heat on the electric grid, and future extreme heat trends are also discussed. The report includes seven case studies, a critical facility in each region of the country, each with a technoeconomic analysis for installing and operating solar+storage. The report concludes with a discussion of project economics and how utility programs, incentives, and determining a value of resilience can promote solar+storage adoption in underserved communities. The appendix includes more in-depth information related to solar+storage system design and configuration.