Kheis Municipality in the Northern Cape Province – Micro-grids, South Africa

Internationally, over the past 2 years, PEER has been in working with its sister company, PEER Africa, to develop and install 507 distributive generation micro-grids in the informal settlement in the !Kheis Municipality in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa.  

Each home – described as an informal shelter constructed of bits and pieces of tin and/or wood – is equipped with a 7.5 kW PV solar home system kit, which includes a PV panel, kitchen appliances, cell phone charging station, a color TV, radio and computer.  These shelters are completely “off the grid”, since the central grid connection is far and already insecure and overloaded, operating completely on battery storage, i.e. DC current only.

District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU)

Since March 2011, alongside the District Department of Environment, PEER has assisted in the development of the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU).  PEER’s role is to provide leadership for community engagement strategy and implementation, key assistance with policy development, and analysis/planning functions for the DC SEU. The goal of the DC SEU is to reduce per capita energy consumption, increase renewable energy generating capacity, reduce growth of peak electricity energy demand, improve the efficiency of low-housing, reduce the growth of energy demand of the largest energy users and increase the number of green-collar jobs in DC. 

Value of Solar (VOS) Professional Services - Solar Energy Alternative, Washington, DC

The Office of the People’s Council (OPC) commissioned a study on the value of solar for low-income residents in the District of Columbia. The Office of the People's Counsel (OPC) commissioned a study and report on residential customers and policies to equitably facilitate solar PV deployment, andan analysis on emerging distributed energy alternatives for low-income residential customers in the District of Columbia. The U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development’s definition of low-income is used as the basis for this study’s analysis.

Old Deerfield WWTP PV Solar Development, Deerfield, MA

In partnership with solar array supplier/ designer, 510Nano, and with electrical installer, M.L. Schmitt, PEER Consultants, P.C. (PEER) participated in the design/build of a 40 kWh grid-tied, pole-mount, solar photovoltaic, fixed array energy system on behalf of the Town of Deerfield, MA. The new solar energy system was constructed on land surrounding the Old Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant (ODWWTP) and is the first of several such installations around the plant to maximize the solar electricity production of the site. Energy produced will meet both the generation and net metering goals of the Town. 

DC On-Site Solar Power Purchasing Agreement at Various Municipal Facilities, Washington, DC

The District Department of General Services (“Department” or “DGS”) selected the DC Solar Joint Venture, a District Certified Business Enterprise (CBE), to provide solar PV power plants on rooftops of District-owned buildings at multiple locations throughout the city to generate up to 2 MW of electricity that will be place on Pepco’s smart grid. The plants will be mounted on the rooftops of 14 buildings, which consists of 35 roof spaces.

Union Station To Georgetown Transportation Improvements – Environmental Assessment, Washington, DC

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proposed to provide transportation improvements along the K Street NW and H Street NW corridor and related areas from Union Station to Georgetown (Project corridor). The evaluation included the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) within the study area in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.PEER Consultants, P.C. (PEER) was a member of the Environmental Assessment team. PEER’s responsibilities involved performing a natural resources assessment, preparing a technical memorandum, performing the hazardous materials investigation and analyzing and preparing a technical memorandum within the study area.

Hazardous Material Survey & Analysis Review, Renovation for Frederick Elementary School, Baltimore, MD (BCPS)

Hazardous Materials Investigation in Support of the Conceptual Design: PEER participated in the Conceptual Design kick-off meeting and conducted a hazardous materials investigation at the Frederick Elementary School located in Baltimore, MD. The purpose of the investigation was to identify hazardous building materials, such as asbestos, lead-based paint, mercury, PCB, and other toxic materials that could impact the project. The hazardous materials investigation included:

On-call Environmental Consulting Services – Waterfront Substation #223, Washington, DC

PEER Consultants, P.C. (PEER) was retained by ABB Group, Grid Integration-USA (ABB), as their environmental consultant to resolve issues that were discovered during the environmental site assessment on one of PEPCO’s properties, an electrical substation located in Southeast Washington, DC. The environmental services provided during this project ranged from soil media assessment to environmental risk assessment. Services included, but were not limited to: environmental assessment, sampling, environmental risk assessment, hazardous materials or hazardous waste management, and soil segregation plan and characterization.

Phase I ESAs for the Department of Housing and Community Development, Washington, DC

PEER Consultants, P.C. (PEER) performed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) on an “as needed basis” for 3 years. During this period, PEER prepared nineteen (19) Phase I ESA reports after performing the assessments at nineteen (19) sites within the District of Columbia DHCD inventory. The Phase I ESAs were performed in accordance with the ASTM E1527-05 “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process” to identify any potential recognized environmental conditions (RECs), historical recognized environmental condition (HRECs), controlled recognized environmental condition (CRECs) and/or suspect recognized environmental conditions (SRECs) at the site, on the adjoining properties and/or on nearby properties.