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Technical Assistance Project Map

Through the Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT), NREL provides research to help stakeholders understand challenges and barriers to the development of solar markets at the state and local levels. The STAT project map highlights these technical assistance projects that have helped communities across the United States. Select a topic category or state to view technical assistance projects. The table below the map shows all the results in the selected category.

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Finance-related policy issues such as financial modeling of community solar programs, incentive programs, and policy review.
Reviews of solar programs and policy creation/adaptation such as net-metering policy, community solar programs, and consumer protection laws.
Technologies used in the solar market, resource characterizations, and feasibility studies such as solar-ready design and solar resource characterization.

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NREL offers various types of technical assistance to state and local governments.

TA Requested Results from TA
2014 Alaska Municipal/City Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested:overview of net metering and grid integration issues involved in PV development Results: NREL provided a white paper on grid integration limits, net metering challenges for Alaska, and potential PV market size
2014 California Municipal/City Finance Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance finding funding sources for solar development Results: NREL provided information on solar financing options
2014 Colorado State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance in understanding utility/regulatory practice of net energy metering particularly as it pertains to photovoltaic systems installed by end-use customers of electric utilities. Results: NREL provided a memo on net metering considerations to the Colorado Energy Office
2014 Colorado Municipal/City Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested: An expert was needed to develop an assessment for solar integration for a newly rebuilt fire hall and look at storage options as this building will be used for an evacuation location in the event of emergency Results: In Process
2014 Delaware State Finance Technical Assistance Requested: Development of an RPS tool to calculate avoided costs and suppression impacts Results: In Process
2014 Hawaii County Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested:High level technical and economic/financial advisory to the Kauai Dept. of Water in evaluating solar energy and energy efficiency alternatives Results: NREL provided information o n solar energy alternatives
2014 Illinois Other Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:For NREL to deliver a presentation at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference Results: NREL staff member presented at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference
2014 Iowa Municipal/City Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To provide information and guidance to local government officials to clarify local governments' role in promoting shared solar Results: NREL staff delivered a presentation via a webinar on local governments and shared solar
2014 Maryland County Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested:To determine the best location for 4-6MW of PV on county owned facilities Results: In Process
2014 Massachusetts State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: For information in the area of grid modernization including smart inverters, micro grids, and storage for resiliency Results: In Process
2014 Massachusetts State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:For analysis of PV/Energy Storage at the distributed generation level Results: In Process
2014 Minnesota State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To provide assistance in deermining effective load carrying capacity, interconnection, and standby rates Results: NREL provided a review of load carrying capacity study, as well as a white paper on standby rates
2014 Nebraska State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To provide a high-level PV evaluation for a former landfill site Results: NREL provided a presentation on a PV evaluation on a former landfill
2014 Ohio Municipal/City Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:A review of the Orange Village Ordinance 2013-15 Solar Panel Provision of the zoning code Results: NREL provided a review of ordinance
2014 Oregon State Finance Technical Assistance Requested: To understand the state-specific balance of system costs Results: In Process
2014 Oregon Municipal/City Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To understand and address solar soft costs Results: NREL delivered a presentation on Solar Soft Costs
2014 Texas Municipal/City Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:A review of the city's Value of Solar effort Results: NREL provided a memo on Value of Solar methodology
2014 Virginia State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: To understand the value of solar power, as well as costs and benefits of PV to ratepayers and utilities Results: In Process
2014 Washington Municipal/City Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To find resources on Feed-in Tariffs Results: NREL provided an annotated bibliography on feed-in tariffs
2014 Washington State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To understand weather related loading on PV systems for building codes Results: In Process
2014 Wisconsin Municipal/City Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To understand how to develop the solar market in St. Croix, Wisconsin Results: NREL provided a presentation on solar policy, financing, and tools for market development
2013 Arizona State Finance Technical Assistance Requested:To develop a presentation on state of solar financing across the country with emphasis on leasing vs. purchasing and emerging trends Results: NREL delivered a presentation on solar financing
2013 California State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:The California Energy Commission administers multiple incentive programs for consumers to install solar PV systems. Results: NREL staff investigated standards required of other state incentive programs and will evaluate standards that provide adequate consumer protection
2013 California State Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance reviewing rating and compliance standards for the Eligible Equipment List Results: NREL provided assistance with reviewing rating and compliance standards for the CEC's Eligible Equipment List
2013 Colorado Municipal/City Finance Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance evaluating of proposals submitted through the Solar Benefits Colorado Results: NREL provided a subject matter expert to assist in the evaluation of proposals
2013 Hawaii County Finance Technical Assistance Requested:Assistance with possible RFP language and evaluation criteria Results: NREL provided guidance on writing and reviewing RFPs
2013 Illinois Municipal/City Finance Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance reviewing RFP for ground mounted PV Results: NREL provided an expert to participate on the Chicago Department of Aviation's Evaluation Committee to provide technical input to the City of Chicago's RFP for ground mounted solar PV facilities at O'Hare International Airport
2013 Iowa State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To provide information on community solar for municipal utilities Results: NREL staff delivered a report explaining the use of community solar for municipal utilities
2013 Missouri Municipal/City Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To provide support and analysis in creating a community solar program Results: NREL provided a paper on Creating a Municipal Utility Community Solar Program
2013 Montana State Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested:To provide a subject matter expert to attend the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Montana, to make a "Solar Ready Design" presentation at the Montana Renewable Energy Association's Renewable Energy Fair on July 20, 2013 Results: NREL staff gave a presentation on solar ready design
2013 Montana State Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested:To provide in-person training for code officials and electrical inspectors on permitting and code compliance for PV system installations Results: NREL staff gave a presentation on electrical code and permitting
2013 Nebraska State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:1) Analysis of PV financial incentives solar programs for the State Energy Office 2) Analysis of PV financial incentives Results: 1) NREL provided a white paper on innovative solar utility programs for non-regulated utilities specific to load demand in Nebraska, state policy options to develop consumer solar market, and a review of the current solar incentives and options on restructuring the incentives. 2) NREL staff conducted an in-person presentation to utility and legislative stakeholders in conjunction with a joint SEO/utility workgroup meeting.
2013 New Jersey Municipal/City Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested:To provide a feasibility study on placing PV on a former landfill Results: NREL delivered a feasibility study on PV siting on a former landfill
2013 North Carolina State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To understand interconnection to address distributed generation Results: NREL delivered a report on interconnection
2013 Ohio Municipal/City Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To accelerate the solar market in Northeast Ohio by developing solar policies and programs to incorporate in the city's Climate Action Plan Results: NREL provided a live question and answer session with NREL subject matter experts and city officials, as well as education materials
2013 West Virginia Municipal/City Finance Technical Assistance Requested: For an NREL subject matter expert to make a presentation to a national coalition of local governments on their role in assisting and advancing solar energy projects in their communities Results: NREL delivered a presentation on the role of local governments in the solar market
2012 Connecticut State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance needed to review successful incentive structures for supporting markets such as Connecticut's. Results: NREL delivered a comparative analysis of residential solar PV incentive programs to help inform a change in their residential PV incentive program
2012 Delaware State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance in determining the inverter accuracy needed for interconnection Results: NREL provided an analysis on the accuracy of inverters
2012 Delaware State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: Information and policy options to develop new SREC procurement process Results: NREL delivered a white paper outlining options for SREC procurement processes that draw on experiences in other states
2012 Florida State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: Assistance understanding how current regulations are impacting the market and suggestions on how to balance permitting costs with project economics Results: NREL delivered a report examining how current regulations are impacting the market along with suggestions on how to balance permitting costs with project economics
2012 Louisiana State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:NREL participation in the Louisiana Public Service Commission Workshop to discuss increasing the size of RE projects integrated into the grid Results: NREL provided a technical presentation at the Louisiana Public Service Commission Workshop on December 4, 2012 discussing the increase of renewable energy projects that are integrated into the grid
2012 Maryland State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:1) Request for developing a model for community solar that considers Maryland specific context issues. 2) Request for assistance in developing a long term SREC market while avoiding the common pitfalls heard about from other states. 3) Request for assistance developing a framework for tracking PV projects to increase transparency in the marketplace and stabilize SREC prices. Results: 1) NREL delivered a report on a working model for community solar using Maryland specific data and including recommendations for net metering policy/rule refinement. 2) NREL delivered a white paper on SREC price stabilization including impacts of SREC prices on the state's solar market. The white paper will be delivered in time for inclusion in the state's net metering working group report to the PSC. 3) NREL delivered a memo with recommendations for creating a pipeline for registering PV projects.
2012 Massachusetts State Finance Technical Assistance Requested:To address technical interconnection issues to make the process streamlined, transparent and uniform in meeting the RPS goals for distributed generation Results: NREL delivered a presentation to the technical subcommittee explaining the technical issues identified for interconnection with recommendations on how to address technical barriers
2012 New York State Finance Technical Assistance Requested:To understand solar policy stacking in New York and other states Results: NREL delivered a white paper including a comparative, qualitative analysis of solar incentives in New York and other states and identified policy stacking opportunities to expand the solar market
2012 Oregon State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To understand net metering as currently implemented, highlight opportunities for standardization where they exist, and measure proximity to statutorily-defined capacity limits for net metering Results: NREL delivered a white paper analyzing collected data on net metering provisions and considering regulatory frameworks for the next policy steps in net metering, as well as best practices in designing virtual net metering within the context of Oregon's metering law
2012 Utah State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: To understand solar policy and economic benefits Results: NREL delivered a white paper on policy options and economic benefits
2011 Alabama State Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested:To increase market penetration of PV in Alabama by reducing foundational information barriers at the commission level. Results: NREL provided a solar resource characterization and memo on policy and market barriers
2011 Arizona State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To assist Arizona with the development and implementation of interconnection rules that support the state solar PV market. Results: NREL developed a set of proposed interconnection rules, provided in a format that is acceptable to the Commission
2011 Arkansas State Technology and Resources Technical Assistance Requested:To provide a thorough characterization of the PV resource available in the state of Arkansas, while also informing the Arkansas Public Service Commission of the various incentive mechanisms available for implementation. Results: NREL provided a solar resource characterization and memo on solar incentives
2011 Kentucky State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To provide assistance in developing an educational program for Kentucky regulators that facilitates a better understanding of the state's PV resource and the opportunities for integrating distributed generation onto the grid. Results: NREL provided a qualitative assessment of costs and benefits of PV in Kentucky
2011 Michigan State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To provide information about facilitating market penetration of PV in Michigan by reducing information and policy-related barriers to development Results: NREL provided a solar resource characterization and memo on policy and market barriers
2011 Montana State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To assist in facilitating increased market penetration of PV in Montana by reducing foundational information barriers, such as, PV resource availability and market incentive structures Results: NREL provided a solar resource characterization and memo on policy and market barriers
2011 New York State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested: To support for several initiatives in New York to determine the impacts of solar PV variability on project development Results: NREL provided a technical review of NYSERDA tool and created a webinar on the net metering effect on customer bills
2011 Wisconsin State Policy and Program Technical Assistance Requested:To identify the role of Wisconsin utilities in increasing PV market penetration. Specifically, the commission has requested technical assistance integrating an existing WI PUC project, in which multiple working groups have identified the technical and economic barriers to PV in Wisconsin, with the intended outcome of an upcoming working group to identify and price different policy options Results: NREL provided a technical review and participated in policy working groups