Financial Analysis of Efficiency Projects

Are you new to financial analysis? Do you need a refresher on basic financial terminology? Or do you (or your customers) evaluate an energy efficiency project only by its simple payback period? This training provides a better understanding of financial terminology and formulas, and includes instruction for using the Selling Energy financial analysis spreadsheet templates provided. Participants will learn why calculating a project's simple payback period may not be the best metric by which to evaluate its financial return. Students will also learn how to model expected cash outflows and inflows over time, how to calculate a project's present value and other financial metrics, and how to generate compelling capital budgeting requests. In addition to understanding how to calculate a project's various financial returns, participants will also understand how to interpret and critique a project's results.

Who should participate? 

Anyone attempting to evaluate and/or lobby for expense-reducing capital projects; project development roles (e.g. engineers, vendors, manufacturers' reps); program managers; utility and/or regulator staffs attempting to set metrics for encouraging/approving energy projects; etc.

 

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