The challenge

As outlined in its master plan, NIST committed to installing new photovoltaic solar panels across the campus to supplement its existing 28kW system. They needed feasible, cost-effective options that conformed to requirements set forth by relevant energy legislation along with life cycle cost analyses.

Our solution

Our team evaluated array configurations and orientations to help NIST determine the best option. Utilizing the PVSYST photovoltaic design software, we were able to model multiple tilt and ground cover ratios, while the NIST-developed Building Life-Cycle Cost computer program was used to perform the life cycle cost analyses.