Workshop (Additional Ticket Required)
$40 SEIA/SEPA Members
Through the U.S. Department of Energy's Open Energy Data Initiative (OEDI), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is implementing a platform to make multiple datasets and tools from across the DOE's programs, offices and national laboratories more accessible, automated, and actionable. During this half-day workshop, NREL experts will cover a variety of open source data and modeling tools and teach participants how to use them to support a variety of business and policy decisions. Participants will learn how to access, query, mash-up, and derive new datasets through the DOE data catalog. The workshop will also include an overview and demonstration of the System Advisor Model (SAM), a techno-economic computer model that calculates performance and financial metrics of renewable energy projects. SAM's performance models include photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, solar water heating, wind, geothermal, and biomass power systems, and includes a basic generic model for comparisons with conventional systems. The financial models cover a wide-range of ownership structures and scenarios: residential and commercial, third party, power purchase agreement, leveraged partnership flip, all equity partnership flip, and sale leaseback. A detailed demonstration of the SAM will include modeling a solar and storage system. The workshop will conclude with an interactive session regarding participants' views on what data and modeling tools would be most important for NREL to pursue in the near future and a preview of updates planned for 2020.