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Title: NREL Screens Universities for Solar and Battery Storage Potential

Abstract

In support of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative, NREL provided solar photovoltaic (PV) screenings in 2016 for eight universities seeking to go solar. NREL conducted an initial technoeconomic assessment of PV and storage feasibility at the selected universities using the REopt model, an energy planning platform that can be used to evaluate RE options, estimate costs, and suggest a mix of RE technologies to meet defined assumptions and constraints. NREL provided each university with customized results, including the cost-effectiveness of PV and storage, recommended system size, estimated capital cost to implement the technology, and estimated life cycle cost savings.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1339079
Report Number(s):
NREL/FS-7A40-67555
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 25 ENERGY STORAGE; U.S. Department of Energy; DOE; SunShot initiative; solar screenings; universities; PV screenings; technoeconomic assessment of PV; storage feasibility; REopt energy planning platform; RE technologies; cost-effectiveness

Citation Formats

. NREL Screens Universities for Solar and Battery Storage Potential. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
. NREL Screens Universities for Solar and Battery Storage Potential. United States.
. Sun . "NREL Screens Universities for Solar and Battery Storage Potential". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1339079.
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