Renewable Energy Design & Analysis Tools and Market Research Reports

Find links to design and simulation tools, calculators, courses, technical and market research reports here. Your suggestions are welcome and I will add them to the list.

Solar Design & Analysis Tools          Draft Solar System Proposals          Wind Energy Tools

Energy Storage          Courses / Training          General Energy/Cleantech          Technical & Market Research Reports


Solar Design & Analysis Tools 

PVWatts CalculatorEstimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations
System Advisor Model (SAM)The System Advisor Model (SAM) is a performance and financial model designed to facilitate decision making for people involved in the renewable energy industry
Solar Irradiance CalculatorThe irradiance calculator takes data collated over a 22 year period to provide monthly average insolation figures. This information is then used to calculate the average daily power generation a photovoltaic system will produce in any given month.
Power Systems Analysis Software – Open ElectricalList of most common software packages used for power systems analysis
PV SYSTPVsyst is a PC software package for the study, sizing, simulation and data analysis of complete PV systems.
Blue Oak PV Selection ToolFree Tool for Pairing and Comparing Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters
SolarDesignTool | The Ultimate Online PV Design and Panel Layout SoftwareOnline PV design software for solar professionals that allows users to effortlessly design PV systems and create optimal panel layouts.
String Sizing Tool – Yaskawa | Solectria SolarString size your array by choosing the module manufacturer, temperature range, mounting method, split or three phase, AC voltage and inverter.
Clean Power Finance – Fueling Solar’s FutureClean Power FinanceOur mission is to drive the mass-market adoption of residential solar by building an online marketplace for industry professionals and investors.
PV ValuePV Value® was created by Energy Sense Finance to utilize income, cost and sales comparison approaches to develop the market and fair market value of a solar PV system.
Transparent Cost Database | Transparent Cost DatabaseCrowdsourced energy information and data
Solar Estimate | Solar Calculator | Solar Costs | Solar pricesSolar Estimate is America’s leading solar calculator showing solar prices and the cost of a solar system after rebates. It tell you What size solar system you need, How much solar panels cost, What rebates are available, Your returns and payback period and The best solar installers in your area ( – Online Solar Assessment ToolSolarRating Online uses information collected from over 1000 weather stations worldwide to assess the suitability of your home for solar technologies: photovoltaic (PV) to generate electricity and solar thermal for heating domestic hot water.
PV MapperPVMapper is a utility-scale solar site mapping web application that is open-source and free to use. It is a geographical information system (GIS) with an easy-to-use interface that provides end users with specific information and capabilities relevant to siting large solar energy projects. In addition to these mapping functions, PVMapper has added an independent site comparison capability.


Draft Solar System Proposals

Folsom Labs: Solar Design Software for Powerful ProposalsFolsom Labs is developing the next generation of software tools for designing high-performance solar arrays in a fraction of the time.
MODsolar – Powering Solar Forwardsoftware technology facilitates end-to-end sales processes, helping to close sales faster while increasing solar adoption, significantly reducing time, resources, costs and barriers to sales.
Energy ToolbaseCombining databasing and cost analysis tools for energy professionals.
SolarNexus – Business Operations PlatformSolarNexus – powering the most effective network of independent solar sales and installation companies.


Energy Storage

DOE Global Energy Storage DatabaseThe DOE Global Energy Storage Database provides free, up-to-date information on grid-connected energy storage projects and relevant state and federal policies.
Off Grid CalculatorThe Off-Grid Solar Panel System Calculator helps you size the battery bank, watts of solar panels and the solar charge controller you need.
Trojan Battery Company | battery capacity calculatorThe calculator recommends batteries based on your inputs and the results are ranked according to cycle life performance.
Energy Storage AssociationNational trade association for energy storage in the USA


Wind Energy Tools

WindSimWindSim delivers accurate and proven simulation software and consulting services that help the wind energy industry worldwide design and operate more profitable wind farms, both onshore and offshore.
QBladeQBlade is an open source wind turbine calculation software, distributed under the GPL.
Bladed – Energy – DNV GLDNV GL’s Bladed wind turbine modelling tool is key for optimizing your turbine at every phase of its design.


Solar Energy | edXDiscover the power of solar energy and learn how to design a complete photovoltaic system.
Energy Courses | MIT OpenCourseWare | Free Online Course MaterialsFree Energy-related courses from MIT.
Energy 101: The Big PictureAs a society and individually, we use energy every moment of our lives to improve our quality of life. Energy 101 will develop the big picture and connect the details of our energy use, technology, infrastructure, impact, and future.
Solar Cells, Fuel Cells and Batteries | Stanford LagunitaThis course focuses on the operating principles and applications of emerging technological solutions to the energy demands of the world. We will begin with discussing the scale of global energy usage and requirements for possible solutions. Basic physics and chemistry of solar cells, fuel cells, and batteries will be discussed in quantitative detail. We will explore performance issues, including economics, from the ideal device to the installed system. Finally, we will end with the promise of materials research for providing next generation solutions.
Solar Energy InternationalOnline Courses – Solar Training – Solar Installer Training – Solar PV Installation Training – Solar Energy Courses – Renewable Energy Education – NABCEP


General Energy/Cleantech

SEIA | Solar Energy Industries AssociationThe Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) is the driving force behind solar energy and is building a strong solar industry to power America through advocacy and education.
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)Energy Information Administration – EIA – Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government
International Renewable Energy AgencyThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
International Energy AgencyThe IEA is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. The IEA has four main areas of focus: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide.
AWEA – American Wind Energy AssociationThe American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry – the country’s fastest growing energy industry. With thousands of wind industry members and wind policy advocates, AWEA promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency – DSIREDSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States.
CESA: Clean Energy States AllianceThe Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy.
ESS | A U.S. Department of Energy ProgramThe Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Research Program is part of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at DOE. The program is managed through Sandia National Laboratories.


Technical & Market Research Reports

SEIA | Solar Energy Industries AssociationThe Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) is the driving force behind solar energy and is building a strong solar industry to power America through advocacy and education.
Storage Resources | CESAThe California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) is a 501c(6) membership-based advocacy group committed to making energy storage a mainstream resource in helping to advance a more affordable, cleaner, efficient and reliable electric power system in California. CESA accomplishes this objective through policy development, education, outreach, and research.
AWEA – American Wind Energy AssociationAWEA provides market reports and information to help educate the wind industry, policymakers and public
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)Access NREL publications, search the database and the NREL Image Gallery.
DOE Office of Electricity (DOE OE) Publications | ESSThe Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Research Program is part of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at DOE. The program is managed through Sandia National Laboratories.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Publications | ESSThe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland Washington is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) government research laboratory. The Laboratory focuses on research and development related to waste management, environmental restoration, global environmental change, energy and national security.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Publications | ESSORNL conducts basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions.
Sandia National Laboratories Publications | ESSSandia is a multiprogram engineering and science laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia’s enduring mission is to provide engineering and science support for America’s nuclear weapons stockpile. Sandia applies cutting-edge technologies in integrated microsystems, computer modeling and simulation, robotics and intelligent machines, sensors, microelectronics and photonics, nanotechnology, renewable energies, combustion research, biotechnology, computation and information sciences, electronics, materials and process sciences, pulsed power sciences, and environmental sciences.
Rocky Mountain InstituteReceive the latest blogs, news articles and Spotlight features.
Berkeley Lab | Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science lab managed by University of California.
E3: Energy + Environmental EconomicsEnergy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) has operated at the nexus of energy, environment, and economics since its inception in 1989.
CESA: Clean Energy States AllianceCESA is a national nonprofit coalition of state and municipal clean energy funds working with federal, regional, industry, and other stakeholders to promote clean energy markets and technologies.
Energy Storage AssociationNational trade association for energy storage in the USA
Solar Electric Power AssociationSEPA is an educational non-profit that enables the transition to a clean energy economy by facilitating utility integration and deployment of solar, demand response, other distributed energy resources, and supporting technologies onto the grid.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC)IREC is a nationally recognized thought leader, stakeholder coordinator, expert resource and facilitator of regulatory reform.
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy SystemsProviding expert contract R&D services in solar photovoltaics and building energy efficiency technologies for industry and government.
Solar Reviews | Consumer Reviews of Solar Companies and Solar PanelsCompare consumer reviews of solar installers, solar panels and solar inverters. Request a free solar estimate from the solar company that best fits your needs.

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