Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool (CREST)
CREST is an economic cash flow model designed to allow policymakers, regulators, and the renewable energy community to assess project economics, design cost-based incentives (e.g., feed-in tariffs), and evaluate the impact of various state and federal support structures. CREST is a suite of four analytic tools, for solar (photovoltaic and solar thermal), wind, geothermal, and anaerobic digestion technologies. It is also used by project managers to do preliminary back-of-the-envelope calculations of the year one cost of energy for renewable energy projects.
Submitted Nov 25, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory