Wind Technology Modeling Within the System Advisor Model (SAM) (Poster)

Janine Keith, Nathan Blair, Tom Ferguson, Paul Gilman, Aron Dobos

Research output: NRELPoster


This poster provides detail for implementation and the underlying methodology for modeling wind power generation performance in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) System Advisor Model (SAM). SAM's wind power model allows users to assess projects involving one or more large or small wind turbines with any of the detailed options for residential, commercial, or utility financing.The model requires information about the wind resource, wind turbine specifications, wind farm layout (if applicable), and costs, and provides analysis to compare the absolute or relative impact of these inputs. SAM is a system performance and economic model designed to facilitate analysis and decision-making for project developers, financers, policymakers, and energy researchers. The user pairsa generation technology with a financing option (residential, commercial, or utility) to calculate the cost of energy over the multi-year project period. Specifically, SAM calculates the value of projects which buy and sell power at retail rates for residential and commercial systems, and also for larger-scale projects which operate through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a utility. Thefinancial model captures complex financing and rate structures, taxes, and incentives.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2014 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference, 5-8 May 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-6A20-61635


  • AWEA
  • SAM
  • System Advisor Model (SAM)
  • wind
  • Windpower


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