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Solar Value Stack Calculator

 

NY-Sun developed the Solar Value Stack Calculator to help contractors better estimate compensation for specific solar projects. The calculator combines the wholesale price of energy with the distinct elements of distributed energy resources (DERs) that benefit the grid: the avoided carbon emissions, the cost savings to customers and utilities, and other savings from avoiding expensive capital investments. Select the calculator that best fits your project.

We periodically update the calculator—please revisit this page regularly to ensure you are using the most recent version. To download the calculator, you will need a recent version of Microsoft Excel. The password to unlock the file is nysun.

New Order Version

Use the New Order Calculator for projects that qualified after July 26, 2018. Projects qualify when they make their 25% upgrade payment to the utility. If no utility upgrade costs are required, projects qualify when the interconnection agreement is fully executed.

Revision 2.5 (2/2/2021) of the Value Stack Calculator includes the following changes:

  • Added historical 2020 LBMP data
  • Added historical 2020 ICAP Alt Rate data
  • Updated the dollar year to 2021 (user inputs and model results)
  • Addressed a minor issue where Syracuse weather data wasn't pulled in for bifacial tracking systems

Legacy Version

Use the Legacy Value Stack Calculator for projects that qualified on or before July 26, 2018. Projects qualify when they make their 25% upgrade payment to the utility. If no utility upgrade costs are required, projects qualify when the interconnection agreement is fully executed.

Revision 2.5 (2/2/2021) of the Legacy Value Stack Calculator contains the revisions indicated above, as well as the actual 2020 peak hours for determining Demand Reduction Value (DRV) and Locational System Relief Value (LSRV) revenue.

Stand-alone Energy Storage Calculator

A separate calculator is available on the Energy Storage Technical Assistance page for stand-alone energy storage projects located in Con Edison’s service territory.

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If you have questions about the Solar Value Stack Calculator, email us at vder@nyserda.ny.gov.