Benchmark Analysis Tool for RETScreen


RETScreen is a free-of-charge piece of decision support software made available by the Government of Canada to help evaluate the viability of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. 

It analyzes the energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for projects associated with various types of renewable-energy and energy-efficient technologies (RETs). The software currently has over 300,000 users in 222 countries and territories.

In previous Programme cycles, REEEP has supported the translation of the RETScreen software into multiple languages, the addition of a Clean Energy Legal Toolkit, and the integration of a Monitoring, Targeting, and Verification (MTV) Tool into the software.


To integrate a new Benchmark Analysis Tool, including a Clean Energy Policy Toolkit, into the RETScreen software

Main Activities

  • Collect existing energy benchmark or reference data from multiple sources, covering various building types such as residential, commercial, institutional and industrial
  • Develop Clean Energy Policy Toolkit templates covering topics such as choosing appropriate feed-in tariff rates and setting solar thermal incentives
  • Programme the Benchmark Analysis Tool that will interface with RETScreen, and beta-test the Tool with key stakeholders in Brazil, India or China
  • Prepare website, manual and training materials for the Tool and Toolkit 
  • Promote and disseminate the new Tool and Toolkit through the RETScreen user community and the reegle clean energy information platform

Expected Impact

  • Benchmark Analysis Tool (including Policy Toolkit) available within the RETScreen software, translated into 36 languages covering 2/3 of the world’s population, and available worldwide at no cost 
  • RETScreen’s overall functionality and utility improved, particularly for the pre-feasibility stage of project analysis
  • High-quality, publically-available data for various building types will be interfaced with the software, allowing a new project to be benchmarked against reference scenarios and government regulations
  • By 2012, the RETScreen software will contribute to global user savings of $7.9 billion, an installed clean energy capacity of 24GW worth $41 billion, and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 20MT/year


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Dinesh Parakh

Program Advisor - CanmetENERGY / RETScreen International

Programme sector: 

RE & EE (Business&Finance)

Stage of project: 



2011 - 2013


€ 750,000 including co-funding from CanmetENERGY

Implementing agency: 


REEEP grant funded by:

United Kingdom