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.
Balance of Systems and Soft Costs Tara Camacho-Lopez
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.
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.
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.