Sol Haroon

Track G: Decarbonization
Thu/AM 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Director, Renewables
McKim & Creed
United States
Optimizing DER Systems Using Data Analytics and Visualization

In the era of big data and machine learning, numerous opportunities exist for optimizing renewable energy systems. The proliferation of such systems coupled with the tighter integration of photovoltaics (PV), energy storage systems (ESS), and microgrids necessitate that system design, execution, and operations be better coordinated. By harnessing lessons learned from past experiences and integrating AI potential, cities, counties, utilities and private companies can create more resilient systems. Drawing from our experiences with the City of Clearwater (FL), Buncombe County (N.C.), Sisters of Mercy (N.C.) and TECO (FL.), we will explore the use of data collection, data analytics, and effective visualization techniques via interactive dashboards to help mitigate risk and enable decision making for distributed energy resources (DER) systems with campus-level clients.

Sol Haroon, technical director of renewables at McKim & Creed, has more than 20 years of experience with renewable energy, microgrids, energy storage, electric vehicles, electrical design, and sustainable buildings. He has served as a consultant, designer, and manager for several notable projects, including the first solar-powered airport in the Southeast, a microgrid that improves reliability for customers located in rural areas of the Great Smoky Mountains, a solar farm for President Jimmy Carter, and the regenerative Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design (KBISD) at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) that ushered in an era of Living Buildings in the Southeast.

Sol also serves as a consulting instructor at Georgia Tech. He creates and instructs professional outreach and college-level courses in microgrids and energy storage and has taught numerous industry professionals from engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies, utilities, commercial enterprises, and non-profit ventures

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