A methodology for evaluating the total or life-cycle cost of an on-site solar energy system is presented. The costs represent after-tax or effective costs realized by the owner of the energy system. The methodology addresses: (1) capital costs; (2) fuel costs; (3) maintenance and operating costs; (4) property taxes; (5) the tax benefits of depreciation; and (6) the investment tax credit. The model was developed for evaluating solar energy systems located at the point where the energy is demanded. However, the methodology also has applicability to many other types of energy systems.

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2nd Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1975: Oct. 7-9, Rolla, MO)

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Article - Conference proceedings


Economics of Energy - Alternative Systems of Energy

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Final Version

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