Yesterday afternoon, a Crash Course was given by Van Hout explaining the benefits and use of the program RETScreen. Koen van Heeswijk (van Hout) first gave a short introduction about the company, how they use RETScreen and implemented the program in their projects. After this introduction, Joop Neinders (IBTH B.V.) gave an explanation of RETScreen and why this tool is such a valuable asset in the early stage of a project.
After all this theory about Net Present Value, Cashflow, Return On Investment and a lot of other financial parameters, we went hands-on with a case-study in RETScreen ourselves. A simple case of implementing PV panels on a dwelling appeared to be more complex to get it financially viable. This simple case gave us an insight in what some financial parameters can do with the viability of a project.
We would like to thank Koen van Heeswijk, Joop Neinders and Sander ter Mors for the Crash Course on RETScreen!