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Use the Comparative Photovoltaic Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator (Comparative PV LCOE Calculator) to calculate levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for photovoltaic (PV) systems based on cost, performance, and reliability inputs for a baseline and a proposed technology.

Choose your inputs and watch the effect on LCOE to determine whether a proposed technology is cost-effective, perform trade-off analysis among different technology options, and do break-even analysis of cost or performance.

For more details on how to use this tool, please consult the documentation. You may also be interested in other tools for calculating cost and performance for renewable energy.

Inputs

Baseline

Cost


Performance


Reliability

Proposed

Cost


Performance


Reliability

Common settings

Financial

Results

LCOE result

Baseline LCOE (USD/kWh)

Proposed LCOE (USD/kWh)

Additional results

Baseline

Module price (USD/W)

Total installed system cost (USD/W)

Proposed

Module price (USD/W)

Total installed system cost (USD/W)

Citation

If you use results from this calculator in a publication or proposal, please cite it:

TJ Silverman, MG Deceglie, KA Horowitz. “NREL Comparative PV LCOE Calculator.” Internet: http://pvlcoe.nrel.gov, March 2018.

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Please email Timothy J Silverman with comments or questions.

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