Energy Assessments

Energy Simulations (Level III Audits and above, Renewable Energy Systems)

DRI has gained experience with energy simulation software TRNSYS, which has the capability to analyze energy systems, and energy efficiency upgrades.  Potential uses include solar thermal, photovoltaics, wind turbines, energy storage, combustion, turbines, chillers, etc. Let us know if you have a need for an energy simulation whether for a feasibility study, or renewable energy installation, energy efficiency upgrade, or other need.


Rural Small Business and Agricultural Energy Assessments

DRI received a REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) grant from the USDA to conduct energy assessments for rural small businesses that has now expired. The grant allowed DRI to develop the capabilities to perform energy audits across a wide range of industries. If you are interested in having a audit conducted, please contact us and we can review what financial incentives are available for energy audits. Please contact Curt Robbins (775-674-7129) with any questions.

Energy Audit Application

  1. Dairy Farm Energy Saving Program: MS Word | Adobe PDF
  2. Pre-Assessment questionnaire for rural dairies: MS Word | Adobe PDF
  3. Pre-Assessment questionnaire for rural farms and small businesses: MS Word | Adobe PDF

Please send this questionnaire with 1-2 years of energy bills (electric, fuel and water) to: Curt Robbins, DRI, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512. You may also e-mail the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to: 775-674-7060.

Solar Feasibility Study

DRI is working with the Desert Hills Dairy to perform a feasibility study for a large solar electric and thermal installation.  The study, in conjunction with Cogenra Solar, is funded by the USDA Rural Development office as a REAP grant. 

Residential Energy Assessments

The DRI Renewable Energy Center (REC) has developed a residential energy audit program. As part of this effort, we are publishing a series of articles to help the homeowner save energy and money and increase comfort, by identifying and implementing cost effective energy saving techniques. These are generally do-it-yourself items that do not require specialized skills or tools.

Energy Assessment Articles

The following documents are available for download in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Reader software to view and print the files.

If you have had a smart meter installed in your home, don't forget that the data is readily available for you to help determine how efficient your house is.  As part of the governments motive for a secure energy future, the Green Button Connect application has been developed to help residential users organize and understand their smart meter data.  More information can be found at:

If you have not yet had a smart meter installed, you can also input your data into the Home Energy Yardstick, an application from Energy Star to help residential users identify energy conservation measures.  This application can be found here:

Even more useful Information can be found below:

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