The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that non-hardware costs, or “soft costs,” represent as much of 64% of the total installed cost of PV systems. Sandia conducts research to support reduction of these costs by addressing balance of system components; barriers related to interconnection, permitting, and codes and standards; and issues such as solar glare.

The PV Value tool gives appraisers and real estate professionals the ability to develop the market value of a PV system. The proof-of-concept version was developed jointly by Sandia and Energy Sense Finance.

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In this project we are trying to understand the drivers influencing individuals to purchase and install rooftop solar. This unique project blends data from surveys, online experiments and a large scale field experiment to develop a data-driven agent-based model of solar adoption dynamics.

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The Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool (SGHAT) is a web-based tool and methodology to evaluate potential glint/glare hazards associated with solar energy installations. The tool can also be used to optimize design configurations to maximize energy production while mitigating glare.

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