About this course

This course is an introduction to four capabilities of the RETScreen Expert software: benchmarking, feasibility, performance, and portfolio analysis. Through a series of examples related to energy efficiency for a small office building, the course surveys key steps in understanding clean energy projects, including using benchmarks to gain a first understanding of the energy consumption of the facility, investigating the profitability of proposed clean energy projects, tracking the performance of built projects, and managing a portfolio of facilities.  

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Learning Objectives

  • Become acquainted with the capabilities of RETScreen Expert software
  • Understand the main elements of a prefeasibility study
  • Learn how to use weather data to remove variability from performance data for a clean energy project.

Course outline

1 module • 10 assignments • 1:49 hours of video lectures

Module 1 • 8 assignments
What is RETScreen Expert? Benchmarking, Feasibility, Performance & Portfolio

  • RETScreen Expert: What is it? What does it do? (18:44 minutes)
  • Feasibility analysis of energy efficiency measures for a small office building (19:29 minutes)
  • Rapidly starting a prefeasibility study with the Virtual energy analyzer (20:53 minutes)
  • Presentation materials: Gas consumption for performance analysis (.xlsx)
  • Performance analysis: how can we make use of monitored data? (09:37 minutes)
  • Presentation materials: Weather data for performance analysis (.xlsx)
  • Investigating the performance of the building retrofits (21:47 minutes)
  • Looking at a portfolio of buildings (19:07 minutes)


  • Michael Ross

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    Michael M. D. Ross has taught RETScreen courses to thousands of people across Canada, in the United States, and in France, and has assisted RETScreen International in the preparation of much of its e-learning course material. Over the past 15 years, he has held research and consulting positions related to renewable energy and energy efficiency in both Canada and Europe.... Learn more

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Based on 4 reviews
students have taken this course

Hello prospective students, I have enjoyed the introductory course as it based on real scenarios and the tutor was not in rush as compared to other RETSCREEN type of trainings. It is very easy to follow-up even if you are also using the software while on training. I recommend to any beginner on this software to start taking this course first.

Atupele Kilindu

The RETScreen Expert course offered a concise yet comprehensive dive into renewable energy project analysis. The interactive modules and expert instruction made complex concepts easy to grasp. I now feel equipped with practical tools to assess and implement renewable energy projects effectively. Highly recommended for anyone passionate about sustainable energy solutions!

Hamed Radfarma

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