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2014-03-06: RETScreen Software Passes 400,000 User Milestone

2014-01-23: Energy Management Software Seminars

2014-01-07: CER Chile Implements RETScreen Training Program

2013-10-22: New Funding from REEEP for RETScreen Expert

2013-08-28: RETScreen Software Suite Updated

2013-08-08: Strengthening the Foundations of Clean Energy in West Africa

2013-07-17: Saudi Arabia Builds Clean Energy Capacity

2013-07-11: NASA Near Real-time Weather Data

2013-04-17: RETScreen 201 – Energy Efficiency Project Analysis

2013-03-12: Register Now For RETScreen 101

2013-02-26: RETScreen Training Institute Schedule 2013-14

2013-02-19: Video Interview with RETScreen Creator

2012-11-28: RETScreen 203 – Power Project Analysis

2012-11-26: RETScreen Software Suite Updated

2012-10-02: RETScreen Software Passes 350,000 User Milestone

2012-09-27: Clean Energy Policy Toolkit Released

2012-09-25: RETScreen Software Suite Updated

2012-09-11: RETScreen 201 – Energy Efficiency Project Analysis

2012-06-05: Major Upgrade to RETScreen Software

2012-05-16: Join Leading Organizations Attending RETScreen 101

2012-04-12: RETScreen 101 – Introduction to Clean Energy Project Analysis

2012-01-24: RETScreen Training Institute Schedule

2011-12-09: Benchmark Analysis Tool Funding

2011-11-16: Energy Management Learning Portal

2011-10-12: Energy Performance Analysis Module Available

2011-09-02: RETScreen 4 Software Updated

2011-08-25: New Energy Management Software Tool Ready for Beta Testing



2011-04-19: Look Who is Using RETScreen

Project implementers have recognized RETScreen’s enormous value and have rapidly embraced the software. For example, a leading international company such as Johnson Controls has more than 500 registered users who utilize RETScreen to develop energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The large global engineering and planning firm, ARUP, has more than 400 users, and other top-tier engineering firms such as SNC-Lavalin, Hatch, AMEC, etc. have hundreds of RETScreen users throughout their worldwide operations.

RETScreen use is mandated by a growing number of clean energy incentive programs, including those by utilities such as National Grid (USA), Manitoba Hydro and Hydro-Québec (Canada); numerous governments in Canada, including Ontario’s Community Energy Partnerships Program; the American states of Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin; and jurisdictions in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand. RETScreen is also promoted by multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, regional development banks, and various branches of the United Nations.

Academia has discovered how useful RETScreen can be in teaching and research. RETScreen has been cited in about 1,000 scholarly publications, and well over 300 universities and colleges have integrated RETScreen into their curricula and research efforts—thus ensuring a significant competitive advantage for their next generation of energy professionals.

With over 290,000 users in every country and territory of the world, and available in 36 languages covering 2/3rds of the world’s population, the RETScreen Software has become the de facto global standard for clean energy project analysis. Come and meet key RETScreen users and other clean energy stakeholders from around the world at the RETScreen Conference & Training Institute, June 20-22, 2011, in Niagara Falls, Canada.


2011-03-25: Clean Energy Software Training

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to get training on the world’s leading clean energy project analysis software – by the actual development team. Come to the inaugural RETScreen Conference & Training Institute, June 20-22, 2011, in Niagara Falls, Canada.

A one-day plenary conference will feature senior RETScreen and NASA staff showcasing the latest developments in RETScreen. International experts will then share their extensive knowledge and experience in using RETScreen for project facilitation and implementation, as well as for training and capacity-building.

The conference will be followed by an intensive two-day training institute on the RETScreen Software, conducted by RETScreen staff and experts from industry. Participants will be able to choose among seminar modules in four parallel learning tracks: clean energy project analysis; energy efficiency measures; heating & cooling systems; power generation and cogeneration.


2011-01-18: Dramatic Cost Savings

The number of RETScreen users soared past 275,000 in 2010 while cumulative user savings to-date topped $6 billion. Engineers, architects and financial planners at thousands of organizations around the world are now using the RETScreen software to drastically slash the costs and time required to evaluate potential renewable energy, energy efficiency and cogeneration projects.

Attend the RETScreen Annual Conference & Training Institute to discover how Johnson Controls, Manitoba Hydro, the Tipperary Energy Agency, and many others are using RETScreen to save money and implement clean energy projects. And be there to see the launch of the new RETScreen Energy Management tool as well as to take advantage of the unique opportunity to learn directly from the RETScreen development team.


2011-01-17: The Secret of RETScreen’s Success
Courtesy of The Source, Natural Resources Canada's employee newsletter
When a team wins more than its share of championships or a band dominates the music charts for decades, the question is: How?

The Montreal Canadiens? Shrewd management. The Beatles? Magical chemistry. The New York Yankees? Deep pockets.

NRCan’s RETScreen team? Right place. Right people.

The RETScreen software package helps users evaluate the financial viability of renewable and energy efficiency projects. At last count, there were 276 000 users in 222 countries.

Last year alone, RETScreen snagged four major awards – at departmental, public service and international levels.

The place that made it all possible is NRCan, which has provided just the right environment. The people are leaders in their respective fields, hand-picked, as much for their business sense as their technical know-how.


An unlikely partnership

It all began in Quebec City in 1993. RETScreen Director Greg Leng was a graduate student giving a conference presentation based on his Master’s thesis. It concerned a software tool for solar energy economic analysis, the nucleus of what would become RETScreen. Gilles Jean, Director-General of CanmetENERGY in Varennes, Quebec, was listening carefully.

On the surface, it seemed an unlikely partnership. Greg was a 29 year-old from Boston, who had already run an architecture and construction company. A government career had never even crossed his mind. Gilles was a 40 year-old native of Rimouski, Quebec, who had already spent 11 years in government. But there was much more to both men than meets the eye.

Gilles pursued Greg like Rocket Richard chasing a loose puck. The deal was sealed in 1994 when he tracked Greg down in India where he was working on the financing of clean energy projects. On one hand, Gilles’ timing was poor. His phone call woke up Greg and his wife at 2 am. On the other hand, Gilles’ timing was perfect. Greg was so sick with a nagging case of dysentery that Canada and its health care system sounded pretty appealing.

What’s more, Gilles was offering the perfect environment for RETScreen to grow and flourish. A focus on results and impact was balanced with the time that would allow Greg and his team to do it right. By way of contrast, RETScreen suitors from the private sector wanted a product to market in six months.


Selling the benefits of the public service

“Gilles’ management style has been a big part of our success,” says Greg. “His philosophy is to hire outstanding people, help set a clear vision and then get out of the way so that they can innovate.”

Greg has pursued other team members with the same determination that Gilles showed in recruiting him. He finds people who are outstanding in their fields, “sells” the benefits of RETScreen and the public service, and then finds a way to hire them. Industry experience is required for most positions.

Competitive processes have also helped identify some great employees. Sometimes the positions are so specialized that a non-advertised process can be used.

“Telework has been an absolute key to getting outstanding people who could not move to Ottawa or Varennes,” says Greg. “NRCan is great for that.” Of the nine full-time RETScreen team members, only six work in Varennes. The rest work in Ontario: Greg in St. Catharines, Chief engineer Urban Ziegler in Waterloo and lawyer Dinesh Parakh in Niagara Falls.

All but two RETScreen employees are engineers, many of whom were “test-driven” as co-op students.

RETScreen is an internet-based business in which continuous improvement in product and process is the norm. Functions such as training and customer support are highly automated. For example, even though RETScreen is available in 36 different languages, Amélie Richard is able to handle 95 per cent of all customer support requests herself. And the software increasingly does more, does it better and does it faster.


Free software—key to business

Although a ten-year partnership with NASA for climate data has been very important, Greg is wary of new partnerships or spin-off activities that would distract the team from its core business. Greg admits that the team is “extremely focused,” to the point that some accuse them of not being collaborative. But he is grateful to Gilles and NRCan senior management for letting the team keep its focus and enjoy plenty of autonomy.

The tight focus extends to the scope of RETScreen too. The emphasis is on the financial decision of whether or not to invest in projects. Detailed design and engineering decisions can follow.

Greg has also resisted opportunities outside government to commercialize RETScreen. Giving the software away is a key part of our business strategy and critical to maximizing its impact. “Huge impact, that’s the fun part,” Greg says.

Hardly a month goes by without a venture capital company, a corporation or an international organization trying to lure Greg or his colleagues away with lucrative offers. “We can’t leave this now,” he says. “It’s too much fun…too big. We’re helping organizations save $2 billion a year in project implementation costs. And we’ve just scratched the surface. We’ll have a million users in ten years.”

If The Beatles had looked at it that way, they might still be together.


RETScreen Team Members

The RETScreen Team consists of the following individuals: Gregory J. Leng (Director); Urban T. Ziegler (Chief Engineer); Nathalie Meloche (Project Manager); Dinesh S. Parakh (Program Advisor); Farah Sheriff (Project Engineer); Kevin Bourque (Project Engineer); Julien Poirier (Software Engineer); Tommy Anderson (Software Engineer) and Amélie Richard (Information Officer).


2010-11-08: 2011 RETScreen Annual Conference & Training Institute

We are pleased to invite you to the inaugural RETScreen Annual Conference & Training Institute, which will take place from June 20-22, 2011 at the Niagara Convention & Civic Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This event will bring together RETScreen International and our many users and stakeholders from across the globe to showcase the latest developments in the RETScreen software, hear from RETScreen users and partners, obtain advanced training on the various RETScreen modules, and facilitate networking within the 270,000+ RETScreen user community.

Click here for the registration package, including the draft agenda

Please note that spaces for the conference and training institute are limited, so do register early. Kindly forward this message to anyone in your network who you feel might be interested in attending.

Click here to register


2010-10-20: RETScreen 4 Team Wins GTEC Distinction Award Medal

The RETScreen 4 Team won a GTEC Distinction Award Medal, in the Federal Category, for International Partnerships, on October 4, 2010. The award was presented during an awards gala at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa as part of the annual Government Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC). Nathalie Meloche received the award on behalf of the RETScreen 4 Team, consisting of Gregory J. Leng, Urban T. Ziegler, Nathalie Meloche, Dinesh S. Parakh, Farah Sheriff, Kevin Bourque, Julien Poirier, Tommy Anderson, Amélie Richard and Josée Ottavi.

Click here to see pictures of the ceremony

The GTEC awards recognize leadership, innovation and excellence in information management in the public sector. Federal Awards for service delivery, internal business operations and IT Operations are open to federal government organizations. National Awards are open to all levels of government and categories include information management, partnerships and pilot projects.

Click here to see the 2010 Distinction Awards Medalists


2010-10-19: International Herald Tribune - RETScreen Article

RETScreen is discussed in the October 12, 2010 issue of the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of The New York Times.

Click here to see the full article, If Earth Were Powered From Space:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/13/business/energy-environment/13iht-renspace.html?_r=1&pagewanted=2


2010-10-08: Energy Efficient Arena & Supermarket Model Released

A new RETScreen software model for assessing the viability of energy efficient arena (i.e. ice rinks for hockey, skating or curling) and supermarket projects was recently released. This decision-support tool, which can evaluate advanced refrigeration systems and other energy efficiency measures, is now online and can be downloaded from the RETScreen Website under the Arenas & Supermarkets section.

The Buildings Group and RETScreen Division at the CanmetENERGY research center in Varennes collaborated to develop the tool with co-funding from the Buildings Division of Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE).

Click here to download the software.


2010-09-23: RETScreen 4 Software Updated

An updated version of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software was released on September 23, 2010. The improvements include:
  • software upgraded for compatibility with Excel 2010
  • bug fixes for a number of minor items in the software
  • improved manual with new features and content
  • ground-based climate data updated to more recent 1982-2006 period
  • climate data for 1,800 new ground monitoring stations added
  • NASA elevation information for climate dataset improved
  • product data added for new product lines and for additional manufacturers
  • one new language added (Macedonian), to 36 total
There are now more than 264,000 RETScreen users in 222 countries, where the software has been directly responsible for over $5 billion in user savings to-date.

Click here to download RETScreen 4 (44 MB).


2010-06-15: RETScreen Team Wins Public Service Award of Excellence
Courtesy of The Source, Natural Resources Canada's employee newsletter
RETScreen Team
The honours just keep piling up for RETScreen, the software package that is helping some 253,000 users in 222 countries evaluate the cost and impact of renewable and energy efficiency projects.

Yesterday, RETScreen Version 4 won the Public Service Award of Excellence for Innovation. On June 3, it was chosen "National Winner for Canada" for the ENERGY GLOBE 2010 Awards announced at the UN World Environment Day conference in Rwanda. It is also nominated in the Innovation category of the Departmental Achievement Awards, which are being presented June 16.

Yet RETScreen director Greg Leng feels that the product has “barely scratched the surface of its potential. We expect to have a million users in another 10 years.” He acknowledges that all the accolades just generate more enthusiasm and commitment from his team. “The impact of the software is so big and so much fun,” he says.

Here are some of the new features that earned the RETScreen Version 4 the 2010 Public Service Award.


From bungalows to petrochemical plants

While the initial focus of RETScreen was renewable energy, it now encompasses all aspects of energy efficiency in all kinds of buildings and facilities – from bungalows to petrochemical plants.


“RETSsperanto”

RETScreen is now available in 35 languages, making it accessible to two thirds of the world’s population. It isn’t at all uncommon for a building project to involve, for example, an architect who speaks French, an engineer who speaks English, a manufacturer who speaks Mandarin and a banker who speaks German. Everybody views RETScreen analysis in their own language as the project moves along.


Built-in weather reports

To determine energy costs and savings, you need extensive data on climate. The RETScreen climate database now includes data from 4,700 ground station locations and NASA satellites. All of this data is fed directly into the software.


One-stop software

While different energy sources once each had their own piece of software, all sources are now integrated in one comprehensive piece of software.


Case-studies integrated

Over 100 case studies are now integrated with the software. This provides users with templates that serve as valuable starting points for their own analyses.


Legal toolkit

A RETScreen legal toolkit provides users with template legal documents that can provide users with a head start on meeting requirements and substantial savings on legal fees.

“The RETScreen team from the CanmetENERGY research centre in Varennes is busy developing the next advanced release of the software,” says Greg. “RETScreen Version 5 will see the beginnings of “intelligent” decision-making capabilities integrated into the tool.”


RETScreen Version 4 Team Members

The RETScreen 4 Team consists of the following individuals: Gregory J. Leng (Director); Urban T. Ziegler (Chief Engineer); Nathalie Meloche (Project Manager); Dinesh S. Parakh (Program Advisor); Farah Sheriff (Project Engineer); Kevin Bourque (Project Engineer); Julien Poirier (Software Engineer); Tommy Anderson (Software Engineer); Amélie Richard (Information Officer); and Josée Ottavi (Website Support).


2010-05-19: 250,000 User Milestone Passed for RETScreen Software
Jan M. Buijk
The RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software recently passed the quarter-million user milestone. Mr. Jan M. Buijk, Ing. is officially the 250,000th registered user. Jan is President and CEO of European Power Systems Ltd. and is a Director of WADE Canada. EPS Ltd. provides power generation solutions for CHP (cogeneration), biogas, landfill gas, syngas, demand response, and other gas engine applications, with sales, engineering, service, parts, and operation support provided across Canada. WADE Canada offers a series of RETScreen Version 4 Training Workshops to help increase the implementation of distributed energy systems.

RETScreen is experiencing exponential growth with global demand for the software now expanding at more than 1,000 new users every week. RETScreen is used in 222 countries and territories, lead by Canada (55,648 users), with the following countries rounding out the top 20: United States (35,193); France (27,446); Italy (14,503); United Kingdom (10,506); Spain (8,113); Portugal (6,014); Greece (4,862); Germany (4,110); Australia (3,863); India (3,813); Romania (3,392); Belgium (3,333); Poland (3,296); China (3,122); Brazil (3,118); Ireland (2,563); Mexico (2,325); Chile (2,052); and South Korea (1,812).

RETScreen Version 4 was developed by Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY research centre in Varennes, Quebec, in collaboration with the Vienna-based Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia.


2010-03-15: RETScreen Finalist for GLOBE 2010 Award
GLOBE 2010
RETScreen is a finalist for the GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence, in the category for Technology Innovation and Application.

This award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated outstanding technical ingenuity in the development and/or application of an innovative technology with a significant environmental application that is being commercialized.

The 8th edition of the GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship in Canada. The awards will be presented in Vancouver on March 23rd, 2010, at the Welcome Reception of the GLOBE 2010 International Conference and Trade Fair on Business and the Environment.

The other finalists for the 2010 GLOBE Award for Technology Innovation and Application are Altech Technology Systems Inc., Pulse Energy and Tantalus Systems Corp.

The GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence are presented by the GLOBE Foundation, an international consultancy organization in the business of the environment.


2009-11-19: Important Software Update

Microsoft recently started deploying an update to Excel. This update in Excel causes significant flicker and screen refresh problems in RETScreen. NRCan has just completed a fix to this problem and has released an updated version of the RETScreen software on our website. This new installer also includes recent updates to the greenhouse gas emission factors in RETScreen, as well as a number of other minor bug fixes.

Please download the latest version of RETScreen 4 to ensure the software works properly with the latest update to Microsoft Excel.

Click here to download RETScreen 4


2009-11-06: RETScreen Team Wins Leadership in Green Procurement Award.
Summit Award
The RETScreen Team won the 2009 Summit Award for Leadership in Green Procurement on November 3, 2009. The award was presented in Victoria, B.C. at the annual forum of the Canadian Public Procurement Council. Gregory J. Leng received the award on behalf of the RETScreen Team, consisting of Gregory J. Leng, Urban T. Ziegler, Nathalie Meloche, Dinesh S. Parakh, Farah Sheriff, Kevin Bourque, Julien Poirier, Tommy Anderson & Amélie Richard.

The Leadership Award in Green Procurement is designed to recognize leadership and innovation in green procurement in public sector organizations. The award is sponsored by Summit Magazine, in cooperation with the Environmental Choice Program, and in collaboration with the Canadian Public Procurement Council.

Summit Magazine will be running an article about the award in their November/December edition.

Click here to see the RETScreen team


2009-09-25 : RETScreen Creator a Finalist at “Green Oscars”
London, 21.09.2009 - (written by REEEP International Secretariat)
Gregory Leng
Gregory J. Leng, creator of RETScreen, the free Canadian green project management software, was one of three finalists for the Leadership Award at the Euromoney and Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards. These awards, which have been dubbed the “Green Oscars” recognise projects, companies and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the global renewable energy sector.

Leng is the Director of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY centre in Varennes, Quebec. He specialises in the clean energy market, technology and finance interface and has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for the past 24 years. RETScreen is his brainchild. It is a comprehensive decision-making software tool that helps engineers, architects and financial planners evaluate the financial viability of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies (RETs) and reduces the transaction costs (in both money and time) associated with identifying and assessing potential projects.

There are now more than 215,000 RETScreen users in 222 countries and territories, growing at 1,000 new users weekly. 201 colleges and universities worldwide use the tool for training and research. RETScreen has been directly responsible for over $4 billion in user savings globally, a number expected to grow to well over $8 billion by 2012.

“As a targeted intervention in the clean energy sector, RETScreen has delivered a major global impact in accelerating renewable energy, spurring the implementation of energy efficiency measures, and contributing to a sustainable and clean energy future. This is the kind of project we are truly proud to support,” said Marianne Osterkorn, Director General of REEEP.

With REEEP funding, RETScreen has been made available gratis in 35 languages covering 2/3rds of the world's population. REEEP is also currently funding an additional monitoring, targeting and verification tool for the software. "Our partnership with REEEP has been a critical part of RETScreen's success internationally and has helped us rapidly accelerate the diffusion of this technology around the world, and in particular, in countries such as Brazil, China and India," said Leng.

The award ceremony took place during the 2009 London Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF), a gathering of 400 financiers, public sector players and other stakeholders in the financing of renewables. The conference was the renewable finance sector’s first large-scale discussion of the EU Renewable Energy Directive agreed in December 2008, and its first major event since the financial crisis began a year ago.

Click here to read the full article


2009-10-25: RETScreen Discussed at Munk Centre for International Studies

Dr. Murray Metcalfe, a Boston-based venture capitalist and professor at the University of Toronto's (U of T) Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, recently spoke about RETScreen as part of a panel on "Innovation, Globalization and the University" at the Munk Centre for International Studies. Dr. Metcalfe's prepared remarks conclude with the RETScreen story provided as an excellent example of innovation and globalization, where he describes RETScreen as a "Canadian entrepreneurial success story."

The webcast for this talk is provided via the link below. Dr. Metcalfe's talk begins at about the 50 minute mark, with RETScreen discussed at the conclusion of his talk. After opening this link you can click on "Panel - Murray Metcalfe" in the bottom left Table of Contents.

http://hosting.epresence.tv/MUNK/1/watch/140.aspx


2009-09-16: RETScreen at Wilton Park

The Director of RETScreen International, Gregory J. Leng, today spoke at the annual REEEP Wilton Park High-Level Conference at the 16th century Wiston House in West Sussex, UK. Leng’s remarks focused on RETScreen’s remarkable multi-year partnership with REEEP in breaking down the barriers to clean energy worldwide.

The 2009 REEEP Wilton Park Conference brought together a select group of senior government Minsters, private sector CEOs, academics, and interested experts in a relaxed, informal setting to engage, exchange views and reach specific conclusions on how a post-Kyoto deal can support the financing and diffusion of low-carbon energy technology. A link to the full program is available here.


2009-07-13: World Bank - RETScreen Article

The Energy Sector Management Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank recently sponsored several RETScreen training workshops. World Bank staff expressed great appreciation for RETScreen and were enthusiastic about how it could help their work on clean energy and climate change:

Click here to read the full article.


2009-07-06: Earthzine - RETScreen Article

RETScreen is discussed in the recent edition of Earthzine, an on-line source about Earth Science, Earth observations and users of Earth information for the international Earth-observing community.

Click here to see the full article, From Satellite to Solar Walls: A Look at GEO Energy:
http://www.earthzine.org/2009/07/06/from-satellite-to-solar-walls-a-look-at-geo-energy/

2009-06-19: U of T Convocation Speech & RETScreen

We are pleased to inform you of a convocation speech delivered by Dr. Murray Metcalfe on June 19, 2009 at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering graduation ceremony. Dr. Metcalfe is a Boston-based venture capitalist as well as a Professor of Globalization at U of T. His convocation speech dealt with the graduates role as potential global engineers. Dr. Metcalfe's offers RETScreen as an excellent example of bringing different dimensions of global engineering together.

The webcast for this speech is provided via the link below. Dr. Metcalfe's convocation speech takes place between the 20:15 and 32:35 minute marks. His example of RETScreen is discussed between 28:45 and 30:50.

http://webcast.streamlogics.com/audience/auditorium/index.asp?eventid=90681093&lang=English


2009-06-15: it's My day - RETScreen Article

The spring edition of it's My day, Canada's public service magazine, looks at the people behind public service innovations. Gregory J. Leng, Director of RETScreen International, is one of the people profiled in this issue. Click here to see the full article (1.50 MB):

it's My day - RETScreen Article


2009-05-26: RETScreen 4 Software Updated

An updated version of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software was released on May 26, 2009. The improvements include:
  • 5 new languages added (Serbian, Swahili, Ukrainian, Urdu & Vietnamese), to 35 total
  • GHG emission factors updated based on more recent national info from UNFCCC, etc.
  • solar air heating (SAH) model upgraded, including improved energy algorithms, and the inclusion of unglazed (back-pass) and glazed collectors
  • wind energy model (Method 3) upgraded to allow monthly energy production adjustment based on monthly values for temperature and atmospheric pressure
  • global wind energy map (5 km resolution) from 3TIER directly linked within software
  • Clean Energy Legal Toolkit integrated into manual and website
  • Combined Heat & Power (Cogeneration) e-textbook chapter & training slides published
  • Legal Aspects of Clean Energy Projects e-textbook chapter & training slides published
  • project templates added for various power, heating and cooling applications
  • training course material added for power, heating and cooling applications
  • product data added for new product lines and for additional manufacturers
  • RETScreen Toolbar incorporated into Excel 2007
  • bug fixes for a number of minor items in the software
  • extensive database of clean energy figures and photos added to manual & website
  • manual & website upgrades with a significant amount of new content added
There are now more than 200,000 RETScreen users in 222 countries, where the software has been directly responsible for over $4 billion in user savings to-date.

Click here to download RETScreen 4 (44 MB).


2009-05-18: RETScreen Software Passes 200,000 User Milestone

The RETScreen Software passed the 200,000 user mark today.


2009-05-11: The Niagara Falls Review - RETScreen Article

The Niagara Falls Review (and sister publications, The St. Catharines Standard and The Welland Tribune), recently ran articles on the RETScreen software. These are the main daily newspapers in the Niagara region of Canada. Click here to see the full article:

http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1562101


2009-05-08: RETScreen Wins REEEP Funding for new MTV Tool

The Vienna-based Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) announced on May 8, 2009 the winners of its 7th project funding cycle. In a highly competitive process, 49 projects in 25 countries were selected for funding out of a total of 694 project concepts received from around the world.

We are pleased to inform you that CanmetENERGY's RETScreen International has won funding from REEEP in this round to develop a new Monitoring, Targeting, and Verification (MTV) tool for RETScreen. A comprehensive MTV tool will be incorporated into the next major release of RETScreen (Version 5) that will be developed over the next few years. A monitoring, targeting, and verification tool is an important part of energy efficiency analysis, essential to ensuring the most efficient functioning of energy efficiency projects. Implementing such capabilities into RETScreen will help a user understand how energy is consumed in an organization; understand the opportunities available to save energy; and achieve cost savings, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and the expansion of markets for energy efficiency projects.

Click here for a full list of the 49 projects selected for funding.


2009-03-31: Clean Energy Legal Toolkit

In support of RETScreen’s goal of reducing the transaction costs associated with implementing clean energy projects, we are pleased to introduce the RETScreen Clean Energy Legal Toolkit.

This initiative was undertaken by NRCan/CanmetENERGY’s RETScreen International in association with the Energy + Environment Foundation (EEF) and supported financially by a grant from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Some legal documents have been contributed pro bono by lawyers from leading American firms.

The Toolkit can be accessed via the RETScreen Website at:

http://www.retscreen.net/ang/legal_aspects_of_energy_projects.php

Within this portal you can link to:

- Sample legal documents freely available from various organizations

- Newly created Finance Agreements for clean energy projects

- e-Textbook Chapter & Training Slides on the Legal Aspects of Clean Energy Projects

- Energy + Environment Foundation Legal Documentation Forum

This Toolkit is also incorporated within the RETScreen Software User Manual available free-of-charge at www.retscreen.net

There are now more than 193,000 RETScreen users in 222 countries, where the software has been directly responsible for over $4 billion in user savings to-date.

Click here to download RETScreen 4 (36 MB).


2009-01-29: Clean Energy Workshops, Webcasts, Training Material & Software

Workshops

More than 40 workshops for renewable energy, energy efficiency and cogeneration have recently been scheduled across Canada and around the world. The RETScreen-focused events are being delivered from Calgary, Canada to Manila, Philippines and from Thurles, Ireland to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, with many locations in between. Click here for further information about these free workshops:

http://www.retscreen.net/ang/11_form1.php


Webcasts

For people unable to attend RETScreen workshops, or who would rather learn online, new webcasts have been added to the RETScreen website. The Webcasts provide a basic overview of RETScreen 4, including its applicability for various clean power, heating and cooling technologies, and introduces the new energy efficiency model in the software. Click here to see the webcasts (lower-centre section of home page):

http://www.retscreen.net/ang/home.php


Training Material

The RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Course has been created for use by educational centres and training organisations around the globe, as well as for use by professionals and students in "self-study" distance learning format. 166 colleges and universities worldwide now use RETScreen for training. More than 25,000 people visit the RETScreen website each week to access this information. A significant amount of new course content has recently been added to the website and software manual. Click here to access the training material free of charge:

http://www.retscreen.net/ang/d_t_info.php


RETScreen 4 Software Updated

An updated version of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software was recently released. The improvements include: project templates & case studies added for numerous types of facilities & applications; bug fixes for a number of minor items in the software; manual & website upgrades with a significant amount of new content added; NASA global climate data set temporal span increased to more than 22 years; 21 more energy resource maps (e.g. wind) linked to the software; product data added for new product lines and for additional manufacturers; training course material improved and expanded, including new Webcasts available; and, new languages added (Farsi, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai & Turkish), to 30 total.

There are now more than 182,000 RETScreen users in 222 countries, where the software has been directly responsible for over $3 billion in user savings to-date.

Click here to download RETScreen 4 (36 MB).


2008-11-19: RETScreen 4 Software Updated

An updated version of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software was released today. The improvements include:
  • project templates & case studies added for numerous types of facilities & applications
  • bug fixes for a number of minor items in the software
  • manual & website upgrades with a significant amount of new content added
  • NASA global climate data set temporal span increased to more than 22 years
  • 21 more energy resource maps (e.g. wind) linked to the software
  • product data added for new product lines and for additional manufacturers
  • training course material improved and expanded, including new Webcasts available
  • 5 new languages added (Farsi, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai & Turkish), to 30 total
There are now more than 175,000 RETScreen users in 222 countries, where the software has been directly responsible for over $3 billion in user savings to-date.

Click here to download RETScreen 4 (36 MB).


2008-11-18: RETScreen Software Passes 175,000 User Milestone

The RETScreen Software passed the 175,000 user mark today.

2008-09-02: Introduction to RETScreen 4 + Energy Efficiency Model

In cooperation with NRCan, Leonardo ENERGY will offering the English introductory webinars on RETScreen to accommodate time zones in Asia, Europe and Oceania, as well as providing webinars in French.

Engineers, architects, technologists, planners, facility managers and educators are invited to participate in two free RETScreen 4 introductory online training webinars. The webinar (Introduction) is intended for these and other professionals who would like to learn how to use the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software to assess the technical and financial viability of clean energy projects. Click on the events below for details and to register online:

Introduction to RETScreen 4 - September 11, 2008 (English, 10:00 Central European Time (Brussels, Paris, Berlin), 04:00 Eastern Standard Time (Montreal, New York), 17:00 Tokyo/Japan)
Introduction to RETScreen 4 - September 12 2008 (French, 10:00 Eastern Standard Time (Montreal, New York), 16:00 Central European Time (Brussels, Paris, Berlin))

The RETScreen Software, available free-of-charge, is now being used by more than 165,000 people in 222 countries and this is growing at more than 1,000 new users every week. RETScreen is quickly becoming the international standard for clean energy project analysis.


2008-07-29: AIP/Journal of Renewable & Sustainable Energy (JRSE) – NASA/RETScreen PODCAST
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Dr. Richard Eckman from NASA talks briefly about collecting meteorological and solar data as well as his work helping to build RETScreen. Click here to download the podcast at the American Institute of Physics (AIP) JRSE website.



2008-04-23: The Professional Edge Magazine - RETScreen Article

The Professional Edge, the engineers and geoscientists magazine in Saskatchewan, recently published a comprehensive article about the RETScreen software. Click here to download (1.5 MB) the PDF edition of the magazine and read the article on pages 13-16.


2008-04-21: RETScreen Software Passes 150,000 User Milestone

The RETScreen Software passed the 150,000 user mark today. RETScreen is now growing at more than 1,000 new users every week. RETScreen use is experiencing exponential growth, where it took 7 years for RETScreen to reach the first 50,000 users while only 14 months to reach the last 50,000 users.

To date, the RETScreen website has had more than 100 million hits, and the website activity is currently growing at roughly 4.5 million hits per month. The number of hits has more than doubled since the release of RETScreen Version 4 in December 2007.


2008-03-20: Energy Management Magazine - RETScreen Article

Energy Management, Canada's only energy management magazine, recently published an article about the new version of RETScreen, which adds critical energy efficiency tools and more. Click here to see the March 2008 digital edition of the magazine and read the article on page 20.


2008-03-05: RETScreen Software expands user base

Natural Resources Canada's article discusses the launch of the latest RETScreen Software version and the significant increase in its number of users. It also gives an overview of the new features. Click here to see this article on our website.


2008-01-07: Energy Efficiency and RETScreen Version 4

Engineers, architects, technologists, planners, facility managers and educators are invited to a free RETScreen Version 4 introductory training seminar. The seminar is intended for these and other professionals who would like to learn how to use the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software to assess the viability of energy efficiency measures for commercial, institutional and residential buildings, and for industrial facilities. Registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click on the events below for details and to register online:

- Montreal, QC, Canada – January 15, 2008
- Gatineau, QC, Canada – January 22, 2008 (French)
- Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK – January 30, 2008
- New Delhi, India – February 7, 2008
- Washington, DC, USA – March 3, 2008

Each seminar will provide a basic overview of RETScreen Version 4, including its applicability for various clean power, heating and cooling technologies. The participants will then see a demonstration of the new energy efficiency model and learn how to use the software to evaluate existing or expected energy use, assess potential savings opportunities and then prepare proper financial analysis for stand alone measures and entire facilities as a system.

The RETScreen Software, available free-of-charge, is now being used by more than 134,000 people in 222 countries and this is growing at more than 900 new users every week. RETScreen is quickly becoming the international standard for clean energy project analysis.

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