System Advisor Model (SAM)

SAM is developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with funds from the U.S. Department of Energy. Claim this listing

The System Advisor Model (SAM) is a performance and financial model designed to facilitate decision making for people involved in the renewable energy industry:

  • Project managers and engineers
  • Policy analysts
  • Technology developers
  • Researchers

Download a published description of SAM 2014.1.14 (PDF 1.6 MB)

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SAM makes performance predictions and cost of energy estimates for grid-connected power projects based on installation and operating costs and system design parameters that you specify as inputs to the model. Projects can be either on the customer side of the utility meter, buying and selling electricity at retail rates, or on the utility side of the meter, selling electricity at a price negotiated through a power purchase agreement (PPA).