Renewable Energy Systems: Software

Here you’ll find tools to help you evaluate your options for generating your own electricity with a small renewable energy system. System technologies include microhydropower, small solar electric, and small wind electric.

Wind

  • Wind Energy Project ModelOffsite link

    Evaluates the energy production, life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emissions reduction for grid-connected and off-grid wind energy systems. From RETScreen® International

  • State Wind Resource Maps

    Help determine whether a location has adequate wind resources for a small wind electric system. From the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America Program

  • Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United StatesOffsite link

    Estimates wind energy resources for the United States and its territories. From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Solar

  • PVWatts: A Performance Calculator for Grid-Connected PV Systems Offsite link

    Find performance estimates for grid-connected PV systems. From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Photovoltaics Project ModelOffsite link

    Evaluates solar electricity production, life-cycle costs, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction for grid-connected and stand-alone PV systems. Includes an online help manual. From RETScreen® International

  • Solar MapsOffsite link

    Provides an interactive map of solar resources across the United States. Also includes month-by-month resource maps. From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Wind and Solar

  • In My BackyardOffsite link

    Estimate the electricity you can produce with a solar photovoltaic (PV) array or wind turbine at your home or business. From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Biomass

Clean Electricity

Microhydropower Systems

  • Hydropower Resource AssessmentOffsite link

    Features evaluation software and resource assessment reports. From the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory

Software

  • AEPS System Planning

    Evaluate the design, modeling, and simulation of electrical power systems with an emphasis on renewable energy sources (solar, wind, and hydro). From the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Tools Software Directory

  • Homer

    Evaluates design options for both off-grid and grid-connected renewable energy power systems. From the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Tools Software Directory

  • Whole Building Analysis for Renewable Energy

    Educates novices on how to produce their own energy using solar energy, wind energy, or both. From the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Tools Software Directory

Related Information

For more information on evaluating potential renewable energy systems, see the following sections:

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