PV Project Analysis with RETScreen

Thursday June 28th at 6pm CDT

RETScreenThere are many considerations to be made and complex formulas that must be applied in clean energy system design which may seem like a piece of cake to an engineer, but can boggle the masses. Thankfully, there are options for those of us who would like a little help with the technical formulas.  RETScreen is one of those options – and it’s FREE! In 2010, RETScreen International was bestowed the Public Service Award of Excellence by the Canadian government, and their software is being used by over 340,000 users in 222 countries and counting. RETScreen pulls from a number of databases to assist with site assessment, including a global database of climatic conditions obtained from 6,700 ground-based stations and NASA’s satellite data.

On Thursday June 28th, SolPowerPeople proudly welcomes Farah Sheriff, of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis development team to demonstrate how to use the RETScreen software for one of it’s many applications: photovoltaic system design. Farah will introduce potential issues faced by many regions of the world including Tibet, Botswana, Swaziland, Kenya, Finland, Canada, Morocco and Brazil and explain the different system design requirements that must be considered in these various atmospheres, climates, and social situations. Mrs. Sheriff will demonstrate the RETScreen software in action, and explain how it is used to evaluate a diverse range of energy efficiency potentials. Specific examples will be covered in solar PV system design using the RETScreen software program giving participants a firsthand view of the application and potential behind RETScreen analysis.


Interested individuals are encouraged to download this software for free from the photovoltaic portal of the RETScreen website:


As a member of the development team at RETScreen, Farah Sheriff prepares technical documentation and offers technical support for software integration. Sheriff has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency field for more than 11 years. Her accreditations include a Bachelors of Applied Science of Electrical Engineering from the Universite de Sherbrooke and a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.

SolPowerPeople is proud to welcome Farah Sheriff as a #SolarMOOC guest lecturer on Thursday June 28, 2012 at 6PM CDT.

As a #SolarMOOC participant, you will receive an invite to this webinar via email.

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