Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Footprint Tool can help manufacturing, commercial and institutional facilities to track their energy consumption, factors related to energy use, and significant energy end-use. This is collectively referred to as the facility’s energy footprint. The Footprint Tool can create charts and graphs that provide a powerful look into energy cost and consumption trends over time.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) 50001 Ready program is a self-guided approach for facilities to establish an energy management system and self-attest to the structure of ISO 50001, a voluntary global standard for energy management systems in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. Georgia Tech played a pivotal role in the development of ISO 50001 and the 50001 Ready program. The Navigator is an online application that provides step-by-step guidance for implementing and maintaining an energy management system in conformance with ISO 50001. You can move at your own pace through the tool, and you will be recognized by DOE for being 50001 Ready upon completion of the Navigator.
PVWatts is a user-friendly solar analysis tool developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). PVWatts estimates energy production and value of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems throughout the world. It allows the user to draw a potential PV system on a map, and provides estimated energy generation and value for a given year. PVWatts is a great place to start if you are interested in rooftop solar for your facility. The Georgia-North Florida IAC can also develop detailed proposals for solar PV arrays as part of the IAC assessment process.