Consulting & Engineering: Low-Carbon Energy Practice

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Blymyer Engineers for its structural, mechanical and electrical engineering work on utility-scale solar power projects. During 2015-2016, the firm performed engineering services for more than 15 utility-scale solar projects ranging from the 9 MW Aspiration G Solar project in Fresno County, Calif., to the 150 MW Springbok II Solar project in Cantil, Calif.

The firm has been in solar engineering since 2003 when it started with kW-scale projects. It now works with many leading EPC firms including Swinerton, OpTerra and SunPower. The company also works with major solar energy developers such as First Solar, EDF, SolarWorld and Hanwah Solar. Blymyer is moving into energy storage systems, and in 2016 it announced a set of seven storage projects with Tesla.

With a portfolio of 2.5 GW of completed designs, Blymyer has the largest engineering portfolio of solar project designs in North America, according to the firm. Blymyer estimates the cumulative GHG mitigation of solar projects it has worked on at almost 1.2 million metric tons of CO2e annually.

ICF for supporting low-carbon electric power development in Ghana and Tanzania for USAID's Power Africa program. Both countries have low levels of electrification (15% in Tanzania and 64% in Ghana) and need to dramatically expand their generation and distribution infrastructure to improve their economies and living conditions.

ICF used an Integrated Resource Resilience Planning (IRRP) process-an innovation on the IRRP process widely used in developed countries for electricity systems-to analyze the electric power sectors' resilience to impacts of climate change in both countries, particularly for hydropower resources. The IRRPs included scenario-based analyses of resilient resource options, considering risks and uncertainties in the cost and performance of generation technologies, fuel prices and availability, and transmission links. They also evaluated how future renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed generation and other demand-side resources can be integrated into transmission and distribution planning. ICF expects that the innovative planning work will help create more compelling cases for public and private sector investment in electric power projects in both countries.