This is a free opportunity for you to use RETScreen to model a solar PV project from start to finish.
A large number of factors affect the financial feasibility of a photovoltaic project. These range from the solar resource, equipment costs and financing terms, to tax considerations. RETScreen 4 software provides a rapid “prefeasibility” analysis of a proposed photovoltaic project that includes all these major factors affecting profitability. This is useful when first examining a proposed photovoltaic project; it allows quick evaluation of different project scenarios and helps identify the key determinants of project success. Although it does not replace in-depth engineering and financial tools, it can also be useful as a global summary—easily understood, shared, and communicated—as the project develops and planning becomes more detailed.
This free course will introduce the RETScreen 4 software (freely available at www.RETScreen.net) through an example of its use for assessing a proposed utility-scale photovoltaic project. Participants will learn about the software’s capabilities for assessing photovoltaic plant production, project costs, greenhouse gas emissions calculations, and financial analysis.
At the end of the seminar, the participant will be able to start using RETScreen 4 to explore considerations related to the profitability of his or her own photovoltaic projects, and see how the same tool could be applied to wind, hydro, or other clean energy projects.
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You can view the lecture video as soon as you enroll. After watching the video, you'll post your questions on the discussion board so they can be answered on the live call.
30 Minute Q+A Call Recording
You will also be able to download a 30-minute Q+A call recording that covers different uses of RETScreen 4 and RETScreen Plus, a comparison to PVWatts, and basics of how to use the software to conduct a financial or sensitivity analysis.
Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals
This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials at your own pace.
Access Information and Build Your Training Library
After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.
Not Eligible for Continuing Education Credits or Certificates
Since this is a free course, it is not eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential. Certificates of completion and CEU Credits are only available for our premium paid courses.