Solar Energy Impact

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    IMPLAN Support
    Hi Ishaq Thank you for your forum post. The setup of your study will depend on what you are wanting to analyze. Would this solar energy impact be of the power generation, manufacturing or the construction of the building? The Word document attached to your post is very helpful. Since the information is expressed in terms of job descriptions, you will need to tie those jobs down to the Sectors that those employees work in. IMPLAN is a production model that operates in terms of productivity changes of commodities. Do those jobs all operate in the Solar energy plant? If so, then you can tie your analysis down to the Solar Energy sector and enter your Employment and Employment Compensation values. If those jobs do not represent the solar industry, then you will need to impact the [attachment=659]h43ede50.xlsx[/attachment] specific sectors that those employees are working in. From your document, it looks as if those jobs are FTE's. Since IMPLAN defines Employment as a head count which rolls up FT and PT, I have attached a spreadsheet that will help you to convert your FTE into IMPLAN jobs so as to enter that value as an Input into your model. I was also wondering if your Annual wage value was a fully loaded payroll to include taxes and benefits. If so, great, as that is how IMPLAN defines Employment Compensation. If not, then the same spreadsheet for the FTE converter is a tab that will convert your wage value to a fully loaded payroll.
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    sham
    Thank you for your detailed response. It was very helpful. The survey data that I had included in my post is for installation of solar systems on commercial and residential buildings. Does this mean I could use the construction of new commercial building sector i.e. 57 and in the event window enter 300 employment and 23,000,000 in Employee compensation/Labor income? As I do not have a breakdown of the data for residential vs. commercial installations could I use sector 57 for both? Would there a big difference in the results had I broken down the data into commercial and residential and used the appropriate sectors? The other alternative would be to carry out the analysis by parts as in the tutorial example for a 500MW wind farm.
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    Hi Ishaq, Thank you for the clarification. The Solar Energy analysis is something that we are seeing more of unfortunately, there is not a cut and dry manner in which to model this impact. Our recommendation is to conduct this analysis with the methodology found in the following case study: http://implan.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=article.edit&id=386. If you decided to not use that method you could use Sector 54 as this would be the closest construction Sector. However, I would recommend looking at that Sector's Spending Pattern in the Software (Explore > Social Accounts > Balance Sheets > Commodity Demand). Do the inputs for Sector 54 match or come close to your thoughts about or description of the process of installing solar panels? Another option is to use the FFE Spending Pattern for 536 2211- All Electrical Services and combination electric and gas services. This can be found on our website here: http://implan.com/index.php?view=download&alias=27-invenstment-only-ffe-536-sector&category_slug=536&option=com_docman&Itemid=1764 As a way to find the best Spending Pattern that closly matches the Solar Panel Installation, you could compare both IMPLAN's Spending Patterns to NREL (National Renewable Energy Lab) to see which matches.
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