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The Case for Building Integrated Photovoltaics

August 30, 2017

Wednesday, September 20
12-1PM | AIA Portland

$5-$35 | 1 HSW


With the price of solar PV dropping 50% in the last ten years; more and more states gearing up to meet renewable energy carve-outs; and climate change continually riding the headlines, the economic, political, and environmental factors of solar PV are converging. This presentation makes the case for building integrated PV systems, addressing the system adoption drivers and advancements in technology as well as discussing a strategy for employing the maximum potential of solar PV. When applied to meet this potential, building integrated PV systems can provide a distinctive aesthetic while meeting high performance energy goals as they link on-site generation, energy storage and the building network to the grid of the future.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand how the evolution of political, economic, and environmental factors affect the feasibility of building integrated solar PV
2. Learn about how the utility grid is evolving and how it will affect the practice of building integrated renewable energy
3. Explore innovations and advancements in building integrated solar PV technology and application
4. Understand how an integrated design process can provide benefits for PV system aesthetics, building energy goals, and constructability
5. Become familiar with the tradeoffs between photovoltaics and solar thermal, and learn about the best application for each technology

Presenter: Claire McKenna, LEED AP BD+C
Claire is a Senior Engineer with WSP and an expert in renewable energy system design. She specializes in integrating solar photovoltaic and battery-based hybrid power systems into buildings, working with architects and project owners to accomplish forward-thinking energy goals for high performance buildings. Claire believes that a building integrated design approach is crucial for stakeholders to gain the full benefit of renewable energy: a unified, distinctive aesthetic; energy cost reduction; and energy security.

Claire is adept at developing renewable energy and hybrid power solutions for zero net energy buildings, and has designed systems for residential, commercial, and utility scale projects across the country. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Architecture and Engineering degree from Dartmouth College. While studying there, Claire was awarded the Elizabeth Brakeley Scholarship for Outstanding Women in Engineering.