Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator

The levelized cost of energy (LCOE) calculator provides a simple way to calculate a metric that encompasses capital costs, operations and maintenance (O&M), performance, and fuel costs of renewable energy technologies.

Note that this does not include financing issues, discount issues, future replacement, or degradation costs. Each of these would need to be included for a thorough analysis.

To estimate the cost of energy, enter values in the fields below. The calculator will return the LCOE expressed in cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

For specific values, please see the NREL Annual Technology Baseline (ATB).

Simple Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator

The U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program sponsored the distributed generation data used within this calculator.

The NREL Comparative Photovoltaic Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator can help you understand a more detailed impact of different PV component prices on LCOE.