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Economic and Financial Analysis Tools

Use these economic and financial analysis models and tools developed or supported by NREL to assess, analyze, and optimize renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies for your project.

Many of these tools can be applied on a global, regional, local, or project basis. NREL models and tools include several designed for the consumer or energy professional.

Community Solar Scenario Tool

User-guided tool exploring a range of financial scenarios to evaluate if a solar garden makes sense in your community.

Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool (CREST)

Assess solar, wind, or geothermal projects, design cost-based incentives, and evaluate the impact of tax incentives or other support structures with this cash flow model.

H2A Model

Hydrogen production and delivery models used for analyzing the economics of distributed and centralized hydrogen production from various energy resources, including renewables, coal, natural gas, and biomass.

Job and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model

Use these easy-to-use, spreadsheet-based tools to analyze the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation and biofuel plants at the local and state level.

Standard Contracts and Securitization Resources

Example contracts, operation and maintenance guides, and a mock filing with ratings agencies intended to make photovoltaic financing more consistent, transparent, and desirable as an asset class for investment.

System Advisor Model (SAM)

Make performance predictions and cost of energy estimates for grid-connected power projects based on system design parameters that you specify.