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Amy Solana

Amy Solana

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Amy Solana has been with PNNL since 2002, and has been located in the Portland office since 2004. She works primarily with DOD, analyzing potential for and supporting net zero energy, water, and waste; implementing renewable energy projects; and maximizing efficiency opportunities in buildings and across installations. Her work involves project implementation support, technical support, technical and economic analyses, on-site audits, project feasibility assessments, and project prioritization and planning.

Recently, she has combined her experience with energy, water, and waste to lead net zero efforts for the Army Reserve, including designing and implementing a net zero energy, water, and waste pilot program for Reserve Centers. Amy has worked with the Army and Air Force since 2008 conducting renewable energy assessments including the entire suite of renewable resources, but focusing on biomass and waste-to-energy technologies. She assisted the Logistics Innovation Agency in characterizing waste generated for potential use in waste-to-energy systems at contingency bases overseas. Prior to renewables work, she primarily audited and modeled buildings and installations to identify energy efficiency opportunities, using the Facility Energy Decision System (FEDS). Amy has developed water management plans for DOE sites, conducted water audits and analyzed water efficiency opportunities for DOE and DOD, and co-authored articles on water efficiency for the Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering. Amy also has experience with green building research and design, including greening construction specifications; Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) and other efficiency project funding mechanisms; and emerging technologies.

Research Interests

  • Net zero energy, water, and waste
  • Renewable energy technology analysis and implementation
  • Biomass and waste-to-energy
  • Building energy auditing & modeling

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
  • Engineer in Training (EIT)

PNNL Publications



  • Solana AE. 2015. "Army Reserve Expands Net Zero Energy, Water, Waste." Public Works Digest XXVII(2):24-25. 


  • Solana AE, and A Manning. 2014. "Army Reserve Net-Zero Initiative for Energy, Water and Waste." Army Aviation (Spring 2014):6-8. 


  • Dillon HE, CA Antonopoulos, AE Solana, BJ Russo, and J Williams. 2012. "Could Building Energy Codes Mandate Rooftop Solar in the Future?" In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012, Pacific Grove, California.  American Council of Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington, DC. 





  • Chvala WD, Jr, AE Solana, JC States, WM Warwick, MR Weimar, and DR Dixon. 2008. Renewable Energy Opportunities at White Sands Missile Range, New MexicoPNNL-20221, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Chvala WD, Jr, WM Warwick, DR Dixon, AE Solana, MR Weimar, JC States, and RW Reilly. 2008. Renewable Energy Opportunities at Fort Hood, TexasPNNL-20219, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Solana AE, JC States, WD Chvala, Jr, MR Weimar, and DR Dixon. 2008. "Renewable Energy Opportunities for the Army." In Proceedings of the World Energy Engineering Congress.  Farmont Press Inc., Lilburn, GA. 



  • Solana AE, and GP Sullivan. 2006. "SERO sites use prioritization tool to meet metering requirements." Public Works Digest XVIII(5):16-17. 
  • Solana AE, and K Mcmordie. 2006. "Water Management Planning: A Case Study at Blue Grass Army Depot." In American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition 2006 Conference Proceedings, p. Paper No.: ACE63006.  American Water Works Association, Denver, CO. 
  • Solana AE, and K Mcmordie. 2006. "Water-Using Equipment: Commercial and Industrial ." Chapter 182 in Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology, ed. BL Capehart.  CRC PRess, Boca Raton, FL. 
  • Solana AE, and K Mcmordie. 2006. "Water-Using Equipment: Domestic ." In Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology, ed. BL Capehart, pp. 1596-1606.  CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 
  • Elliott DC, GG Neuenschwander, TR Hart, J Hu, AE Solana, and C Cao. 2006. "Hydrogenation of Bio-oil for Chemicals and Fuels Production." In Science in Thermal and Chemical Biomass Conversion, vol. 2, ed. AV Bridgwater and DGB Boocock, pp. 1536-1546.  CPL Press, Speen, United Kingdom. 
  • Mcmordie K, and AE Solana. 2006. "Update of Market Assessment for Capturing Water Conservation Opportunities in the Federal Sector." In American Water Works Association 2006 Annual Conference and Exposition, p. Paper no. AWWA ACE63148.  American Water Works Association, Denver, CO. 
  • Mcmordie K, WF Sandusky, AE Solana, and DJ Bates. 2006. Updated Analysis of Energy and cost Savings for Utility service Program at Federal SitesPNNL-16170, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 



  • Chen S, W Liao, C Liu, Z Wen, RL Kincaid, JH Harrison, DC Elliott, MD Brown, AE Solana, and DJ Stevens. 2003. Value-Added Chemicals from Animal ManurePNNL-14495, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

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