Since 2018, HARC has provided educational programming, resources, and tools to various industries considering Combined Heat and Power. This unique technical assistance program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Covering two regions spanning a total of eleven states, HARC hosts webinars and workshops for the Southcentral and Upper-West CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (US DOE CHP TAPs).
The TAPs educate prospective adopters about the many advantages of CHP, with technical resources to assist end-users in evaluation and installation of CHP systems. The program also assists in the development of CHP programs and policies. While CHP is widely known for improving energy efficiency, it is increasingly recognized as a way to improve facility resilience.
Natural disasters in recent years have underscored the importance of resilient energy infrastructure for continuity of operations, especially for critical facilities such as hospitals, college campuses, and governmental installations.
Comprised of leading experts in CHP (in addition to microgrids, heat to power, and district energy) the TAP programs provide a range of technical assistance services to facility owners and managers. Initially, a prospective project is screened to assess economic viability by analysis of energy costs to gauge potential savings with CHP. This service is provided at no cost, thanks to DOE funding. Primary candidates include facilities such as wastewater treatment plants, food processing, data centers, higher education, manufacturing, chemicals and refining, as well as oil and gas operations.
Search and view all past CHP webinars and presentations here.
This tool is a step-by-step guide on how to interconnect a 10 MW or larger distributed generation or “generation resource” to the ERCOT transmission grid. This tool can help ensure a successful and timely interconnection process from beginning to end.
TX-PACE is a voluntary financing tool that helps owners of existing commercial, non-profit, industrial, and multifamily (5+ unit) properties invest in energy efficiency, water conservation and distributed generation improvements.