Solar power has been expanding greatly as an energy source. The City of Tallahassee Electric Utility recently made its first foray into large-scale solar with the completion of a 20 Megawatt solar farm, which can provide energy for about 3400 homes. As simple as it may seem to set up solar panels and make electricity whenever the sun shines, a large solar project has many of the same complications as any other major project – a strict timeline, regulatory hurdles, financial review, management approvals, communications with community stakeholders, and more. This presentation will provide information about the COT’s electric utility system, solar energy, and the process of bringing a large project to fruition.”
David Byrne, PE, is Assistant General Manager of Electric for the City of Tallahassee. He has returned to this area after a lengthy period in Wholesale Energy Marketing and Customer Energy Services. In all, David has over 25 years of service with the City, and 30 years in the energy business.In his current work with the City of Tallahassee, David is responsible for electric transmission and generation planning, alternative energy, and energy efficiency. His focus is on providing for the future energy needs of the residents of Tallahassee, with clean and reliable electricity.David is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Florida, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, an MS in electrical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and an MBA from Florida State University.
Registration Period: May 14 thru June 3, 2018**