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Utility-Scale Energy Technology Capacity Factors

This chart indicates the range of recent capacity factor estimates for utility-scale renewable energy technologies. The dots indicate the average, and the vertical lines represent the range: Average +1 standard deviation and average -1 standard deviation.

If you are seeking utility-scale technology cost and performance estimates, please visit the Transparent Cost Database website for NREL's information regarding vehicles, biofuels, and electricity generation.

Capital Cost
(September 2013 Update)
Operations & Maintenance
(September 2013 Update)
Utility-Scale Capacity Factors Useful Life Land Use by System Technology LCOE Calculator
Capacity factor for energy technologies.  For more information, please download supporting data for energy technology costs.

Source: Transparent Cost Database