Solar Site Selection
Today
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About FCG
• Site selection, economic development,
real estate, & workforce consulting
company
• Founded by Deane Foote, CEcD
– 30+ years development experience
– Worked for Jacobs Carter-Burgess,
Paragon Decision Resources, Fantus,
Urbana-Champaign (IL) EDC
– Worked on site selection projects that
created over 5,000 jobs & $900 million in
capital investment in recent years
– Completed many successful economic
development plans that have created
hundreds of jobs.
Not that many
slides…Promise!
Objectives Today
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Understanding location/expansion trends
Look at growth sectors
Understanding site selection criteria
Recommendations for success!
Recession has taken its toll!
U.S. Major Locations/Expansions
2004-09
7000
5922
6217
6000
4940
4856
4412
5000
4345
4000
3000
2000
1000
0
2004
2005
2006
2007
Source: Foote Consulting Group/Conway Data
2008
2009
Sectors expected to grow nationally
 Renewable Energy
 Almost 3x growth in wind, biofuels, solar, and fuel cells (2008-2018)
 Data Centers/Management
 Servers has grown from 2.6 million to 11.6 million in the past decade
 Defense Security Systems – cyber communications; UAV; border-related
 Creative Media
 Video game revenues now exceed those of music and film industries
 Software Development
 Mobile devices, netbooks, “wearable” technology; very high speed computing
 Healthcare and Medical Devices
 Health services, medical supplies, and device manufacturing
 Biotechnology and Life Sciences – Gene and stem cell research
 Warehouse/Distribution (DC)
U.S. Clean-Energy Projected
Growth, 2007-2017 ($US Billions)
$90
$81
$83
2007
$74
2017
$60
$30
$25
$30
$20
$16
$2
$0
Biofuels
Wind
Solar
Fuel Cells
How’s CA doing?
Solar Power Capacity through 2009 (in megawatts)
1600
1465
1400
1200
1000
800
600
400
164
200
128
60
53
0
California
Nevada
New Jersey
Source: USA Today 9/29/10
Colorado
Arizona
Top Renewable States
Top Ranked for Building Solar Mfg
(Source: Greentech Media)
• Oregon
• Michigan
• Arizona
• Washington
• Pennsylvania
• Ohio
• New Mexico
• Texas
• New York
• Colorado
Top Renewable Destinations #
(Source: Fdi)
• Texas - 33
• California - 20
• Illinois - 14
• Indiana - 13
• Nebraska - 10
• Iowa - 10
• New York - 10
• Pennsylvania - 10
Solar Product “Life Cycle”
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Silicon
Ingots
Wafers
Adhesives
Glass
Inverters
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Cells
Framing
Packing
Thin-Film
Crystalline
Modules
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plant
Site Criteria
• RPS – Renewable Portfolio Standards
– CA: 33% by 2030
• Good access to market
– Supports supply chain for raw materials (glass, frames)
– Finished modules delivered to solar sites/smart grid
• Skilled workers trained in automation, clean room
operations
• Reliable and competitively priced electricity
• Certified “Shovel Ready” sites/buildings
• Communities that support “green” policies
• Attractive/clean environment for plant
• Incentives (especially sizable tax credits).
RPS - Key Site Selection Factor
Blue – In Place; Yellow – RPS Goals
Recommendations
• Understand your competitive position versus other
western states/regions
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Community assessments/Labor studies
Utility/grid analysis
“Shovel Ready” site/building programs
Freight/logistics analysis
• Aggressively get in front of decision makers
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Solar Power Show – last week in LA!
Intersolar Show
PV America
Solar site selectors
• “Hand Holding” will win deals!
• Push for more & better manufacturing incentives!!
Stay Alert for those DEALS
…Questions?
For more information, contact:
Mr. Deane Foote, CEcD
Foote Consulting Group, LLC
(480) 399-4854
[email protected]
www.footeconsulting.com
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