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December 11, 2014

NREL Compares State Solar Policies to Determine Equation for Solar Market Success

Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no standard formula for solar implementation exists, a combination of foundational policies and localized strategies can increase solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in any state.

November 26, 2014

NREL Releases User Guide for PV Dynamic Model Simulation

Report explains how to use NREL's tool for modeling the dynamic behavior of photovoltaic inverters.

November 20, 2014

NREL Teams with SolarCity to Maximize Solar Power on Electrical Grids

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The project is funded in part through an Energy Department solar cost-share program.

November 14, 2014

New Initiatives Debut at Industry Growth Forum

At annual event, inverter technology takes top honor—and two new programs are announced to push clean energy innovations to the marketplace.

October 20, 2014

Solar Energy Prices See Double-digit Declines in 2013; Trend Expected to Continue

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 – 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 – 12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative’s 2020 targets.

August 27, 2014

Crystal Solar and NREL Team Up to Cut Costs

"Gas to wafer" approach, 100 times faster than typical methods, wins R&D 100 award.

July 28, 2014

NREL Uses Industry Best Practices to Add Partners

NREL is accelerating the availability of next-generation technologies by making it easier for industry partners to work with the lab.

July 11, 2014

NREL Research Earns Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

A growth system that can produce thin solar cells quickly and at low cost, and an ultra-efficient supercomputer platform – both developed or advanced by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners – have been named among this year’s most significant innovations by R&D Magazine.

June 3, 2014

NREL to Host Photovoltaics Presentation at 2014 Solar Day

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will host several events at the 2014 Denver Solar Day on Sunday, June 8. The free expo is expected to attract more than 2,000 photovoltaics (PV) installers, PV buyers, students, utility officials and members of the public.

May 9, 2014

NREL Staff Recognized for Top Innovations

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently recognized the professionals behind the lab’s greatest innovations from the past year during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony. The event also celebrated NREL’s commercialization and partnering successes, recognizing the researchers and engineers—including three honorees in the new Rising Stars Award category—who made it happen.

May 7, 2014

NREL Assembles Industry Group to Explore Solar Lending Potential

Increasingly, banks, credit unions, and other lenders are beginning to offer loan products to homeowners and businesses for the installation of rooftop solar systems. However, barriers to accessing this growing market still remain. The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently convened the Banking on Solar working group to engage lenders and other stakeholders to address these barriers.

April 15, 2014

NREL Unlocking Secrets of New Solar Material

Perovskite, a semiconducting cube-like mineral, is jumping up efficiency charts faster than any other solar-cell material.

February 26, 2014

NREL Examines Solar Policy Pathways for States

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the NREL research team was able to contextualize the impact of various solar policies on photovoltaic (PV) installations.

February 14, 2014

NREL Scientist Named AAAS Fellow

David S. Ginley, a materials scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor accorded to at most 1 percent of the prestigious scientific society’s membership each year.

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