Community Solar Scenario Tool
The Community Solar Scenario Tool (CSST) provides a "first cut" analysis of different community or shared solar program options. The tool has been created primarily with smaller municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, and state and local advocates in mind. This model allows users to see how various inputs, such as system size, location, and project costs, impact the economics of a project from both a potential customer's perspective as well as the sponsoring utility. For more complex financial modeling options, check out NREL's System Advisor Model (SAM).
The Community Solar Scenario Tool is available as a downloadable Microsoft Excel file, which includes information pertaining to the various calculations and descriptions of the outputs.
To learn more about using the Community Solar Scenario Tool for your project, contact John Nangle.http://nreldev.nrel.gov/tech_deployment/tools_community_solar.html