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Kristen Ardani

Chief of Staff


Kristen Ardani is the chief of staff for the Energy Systems Integration (ESI) directorate. In this role, she works to advance the strategic goals of the directorate and the lab, strengthen integration and collaboration across the directorate, and help further ESI's operational excellence and impact.

Previously, Ardani served as manager for the Markets and Policy Analysis group and as the lab's Solar Program Lead, focusing on efforts to reduce soft costs and transfer emerging technologies to market. Her areas of expertise include solar market analysis, PV system price-tracking, and non-hardware cost-reduction strategies.

Research Interests

PV interconnection processes

PV plus storage

Distributed energy resource aggregation


M.A., International Environmental and Energy Policy, University of California San Diego

B.A., Latin American Studies and International Development, Tulane University

Featured Work

Maximizing Solar and Transportation Synergies, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Distributed Rate Design: A Review of Early Approaches and Practical Considerations for Value of Solar Tariffs, The Electricity Journal (2020)

Expanding PV Value: Lessons Learned from Utility-led Distributed Energy Resource Aggregation in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Installed Cost Benchmarks and Deployment Barriers for Residential Solar Photovoltaics with Energy Storage: Q1 2016, NREL Technical Report (2017)

Decreasing Soft Costs for Solar Photovoltaics by Improving the Interconnection Process: A Case Study of Pacific Gas and Electric, NREL Technical Report (2015)

A State-Level Comparison of Processes and Timelines for Distributed Photovoltaic Interconnection in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2015)

Industry Perspectives on Advanced Inverters for U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Systems: Grid Benefits, Deployment Challenges, and Emerging Solutions, NREL Technical Report (2015)

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