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Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model Plus (DER-CAM+) is a techno-economic and environmental optimization model built to help customers with a design challenge. DER-CAM+ offers numerous features that not only simplify the study/design process, but also ensure better investment returns thanks to its advanced optimization engine. The DER-CAM+ model chooses which distributed generation technology would best serve a customer, how the distributed energy resources would best be placed throughout the electrical and thermal network and how each technology would best be operated. The objective of DER-CAM+ is to minimize the total cost of investment and operation (including electricity purchase from the utility, on-site generation, combined heat and power systems, and a diverse set of revenue streams from electricity export and ancillary services market participation), either for an individual building or for a microgrid, subject to technical and economic constraints of the specific problem and location, noticeably including electrical power flow constraints, thermal flow constraints, operational limits, reserve constraints, financial requirements and regulatory limitations.