Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member

Yahia Baghzouz

Number of Pages



This thesis presents a new tool for performing an economic feasibility study of Photovoltaic (PV) power generation for Demand Side Management (DSM) as well as for a stand-alone system. The proposed analytical equations are capable of accommodating the constant changes in the system parameters due to the advances in new technologies and changes in electric utility industry. An economic feasibility study is conducted for photovolaic systems in both suburban areas and in remote locations using actual data collected by Nevada Power Company (NPC). With the present cost and cell efficiency, the study shows that the cost of the panels will have to be reduced before PV installation becomes feasible in the Las Vegas Valley. However, remote locations are feasible options if the line extension costs are high. The expressions developed are valuable when estimating future parameter values that result in an economic PV installation, and when making decisions on DSM and "green power" pricing.


Analysis; Economic; Feasibility; Installations Nevada; Photovoltaic; Valley; Vegas; Las Vegas

Controlled Subject

Civil engineering; Force and energy; Economics

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1218.56 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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