Emily Fekete is an analyst in the Markets & Policy Group of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Emily’s areas of expertise include renewable energy policy and program analysis, providing technical assistance on community solar program design, identifying drivers of soft cost reduction for residential solar installations, identifying opportunities for increased local solar adoption as well as opportunities for community inclusion in decision making processes.

Research Interests

Low- and moderate-income solar access

Community solar market

Solar cost reduction opportunities


M.P.A., Environmental Management, Indiana University

M.S.E.S., Environmental Management, Indiana University

B.S., Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making, Purdue University

Professional Experience

Sustainability Special Projects Intern, Organic Valley (2017)

Natural Resources Social Sciences Lab Research Assistant, Purdue University (2015–2016)

Beyond Coal Campaign Intern, Sierra Club (2016)

Office of Water, Nonpoint Source Control Intern, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2015)

Featured Work

Affordable and Accessible Solar for All: Barriers, Solutions, and On-Site Adoption Potential, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Solar permitting, inspection, and interconnection cycletimes and requirements, NREL Dataset (2021)

States with Community Solar Policy Updates and Capacity Growth Potential, NREL Technical Presentation (2021)

Community Solar 101, NREL Technical Presentation (2020)

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