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Accurately Calculate the "Avoided Cost" of A Solar Project - Self Study

Adam Gerza • Last updated 02/2021

4.3/5 (view ratings)
470 students
1 module
23 minutes
4 assignments

Course description

This course covers how to precisely calculate the dollar savings (aka avoided cost) of a solar project. We will review the difference between 'average blended cost' and 'average blended savings' and run through some real world modeling examples. Enrollment includes a tutorial lecture, slides and a quiz.

Energy Toolbase allows users to accurately, objectively and transparently calculate the avoided cost of solar and energy storage projects. The software can also be used to optimize a project for $/kWh blended savings.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Accurately calculating – avoided cost of solar

  • Accurately calculating – avoided cost of solar (23:22 minutes)
  • Slide deck (.pdf)


Adam Gerza

VP Business Development, Energy Toolbase

Adam Gerza is the VP of Business Development at Energy Toolbase, an industry leading software platform that specializes in modeling and proposing the economics of solar and energy storage projects. He has worked in the solar industry for over 12 years in various project development and policy related roles. Prior to solar, Adam traded natural gas commodity products for... Learn more


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470 students have taken this course

by Saravanan S 04/11/2020

The course is useful

by Emosi Kainabau, ECO-Energy Services 02/03/2020

Very informative and eye opening course

by Deke Welling 01/09/2020

Great course! Very informative and easy to follow.

by hosam ashmawy 02/24/2019

You have to try it

by syed abdul haq s 11/09/2018


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