Unlock Expert Energy Analysis with REopt Lite (Text Version)

This is the text version of a video about REopt Lite, a free online tool designed to help building owners, developers, utilities, and researchers find the most cost-effective and resilient energy solution for a specific site. REopt Lite evaluates the economic viability of solar PV, battery storage, and wind energy at a site, identifies system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs, and estimates how long a system can sustain a site’s critical load during a grid outage. The software delivers powerful insights with as few as three site-specific inputs, allowing users to evaluate the tradeoffs between initial capital expenditures and reduced utility costs over the project lifetime.

Video opens with a shot of energy transmission lines set against a backdrop of a pink and purple sky, with mountains in the background.

Narrator: Our nation's energy landscape…

Video cuts to a large solar array set against a backdrop of an urban skyline.

Narrator: …is in the midst of a remarkable revolution.

Video cuts to an electrical substation against a backdrop of several wind turbines perched on a hill.

Narrator: Energy generation is becoming increasingly integrated and distributed…

Video cuts to aerial view of a neighborhood with rooftop solar.

Narrator: …and renewable energy projects are helping customers save money,…

Video cuts to an NREL researcher standing with military personnel in front of a battery energy storage system.

Narrator: …increase resilience, and…

Video cuts to aerial view of solar panels mounted on a government building.

Narrator: …meet their clean energy goals. However, with significant upfront costs…

Video cuts to video montage consisting of clips of a battery energy storage system, a ground-mounted solar array, and wind turbines.

Narrator: …decision-makers need to be sure they're investing in the right technologies, right from the start.

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Narrator: Enter REopt Lite. NREL's REopt Lite software is a free, online tool… 

Video montage builds over the REopt Lite website, displaying two men looking at blueprints, a ground-mounted solar array, an electrical substation with ground-mounted solar array in the background, and two men standing on the rooftop of a facility, looking off into the distance.

Narrator: …designed to help building owners, developers, utilities, and researchers understand the optimal energy solution for a specific site.

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Narrator: REopt Lite features core capabilities from NREL's comprehensive REopt model, which has been used to evaluate renewable energy opportunities at more than 10,000 sites.

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Narrator: To find the most cost-effective and resilient solution for a site…

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Narrator: …REopt Lite considers the integration of multiple distributed energy technologies.

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Narrator: Specifically, the tool works by evaluating the economic viability…

Video cuts to a battery energy storage system, along with a shot of a wind turbine with sunflowers in the foreground.

Narrator: …of solar PV, battery storage, and wind energy at a site…

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Narrator: …identifying system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs…

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Narrator: and by estimating how long a system can sustain a site's critical load during a grid outage.

Video cuts to a screenshot of someone navigating the REopt website.

Narrator: REopt Lite delivers powerful insights with as few as three site-specific inputs, allowing users to evaluate the trade-offs between initial capital expenditures and reduced utility costs over the project lifetime. 

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Narrator: By drawing on rich datasets and sophisticated algorithms…

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Narrator: …REopt Lite makes complex, powerful optimization capabilities…

Video cuts to two female researchers looking at data generated by REopt Lite, projected on a screen.

Narrator: …uniquely accessible in an easy-to-use web tool. In addition to the web interface…

Screenshot of someone navigating the REopt website.

Narrator: …the tool's API allows developers to integrate REopt Lite into other applications.

Video cuts to two male researchers looking at data projected on a screen.

Narrator: And, in the future, an open-source version of REopt Lite…

Video cuts to over-the-shoulder shot of a male researcher looking at code on a computer screen.

Narrator: …will let researchers around the world…

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Narrator: …further develop the software's capability.

Video cuts to two men assessing a rooftop solar array.

Narrator: Achieving ambitious clean energy goals…

Video cuts to military personnel and an NREL researcher standing near a battery energy storage system.

Narrator: …depends on many people making complicated decisions.

Video cuts to a female researcher pointing to data from REoptLite, projected on a screen.

Narrator: With the REopt Lite tool, you don't have to be an expert to unlock expert energy analysis.

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Narrator: In just five minutes, users can generate a no-cost scenario…

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Narrator: …for a site, helping spur transformational…

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Narrator: …renewable energy growth.

 

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