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Energy Technology Cost and Performance Data


The Energy Technology Cost and Performance Data indicates the range of recent cost estimates for renewable energy and other technologies. The estimates are shown in dollars per installed kilowatts of generating capacity. This data provides a compilation of available national-level cost data from a variety of sources. Costs in your specific location will vary. All costs are in 2006 dollars per installed kilowatts in the United States.

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Capital cost: Charts indicate recent capital cost estimates for distributed generation (DG) renewable energy technologies.

Operations and maintenance: Charts indicate recent operations and maintenance (O&M) cost estimates for distributed generation (DG) renewable energy technologies.

Utility-scale capacity factors: This chart indicates the range of recent capacity factor estimates for utility-scale renewable energy technologies.

Useful life: A table providing ranges on useful life of several technologies estimated by interviewing NREL experts who have been working with the technologies and also by performing a literature search.

Land use by system technology: Shows a range of system sizes for each technology and is intended to be used for a high level estimation of initial system capacity.

Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) calculator: The levelized cost of energy (LCOE) calculator provides a simple calculator for both utility-scale and distributed generation (DG) renewable energy technologies that compares the combination of capital costs, operations and maintenance (O&M), performance, and fuel costs.

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