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Golden Rays — September 2016

Hot Topics

NREL Researchers Leading Perovskite Research 

A method was developed to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility.

Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Solar Generation 

NREL Super Computing model provides insights from higher wind and solar generation in the Eastern Power Grid.

How Much Storage to Achieve 50% PV in California?

NREL analysis examines the role of flexibility and storage in new report.


Must Reads


Highlights

Projects and Partnerships


Awards

  • Debbie Brodt-Giles, digital assets manager with NREL's Data Analysis and Visualization group, is one of 18 finalists for the 2016 FedScoop 50 Tech Champion of the Year Award. It recognizes the best and brightest who make the federal government more efficient and effective.

In Touch With NREL Solar

Opportunities to Partner

Solar Technical Assistance for Universities

Apply to receive free technical assistance from NREL experts to implement a solar project on your campus. Only eight universities will be selected.

Important Changes to NREL Device Measurement Services

For the past three decades, NREL has provided cell and module measurement services to the global PV community. To keep pace with the changing community and to better meet client needs, NREL will implement a new fee structure for all cell and module measurements beginning October 1.

Join an Orange Button Working Group

Orange Button supports the creation and adoption of industry-led open data standards for rapid and seamless data exchange. Working groups have been identified in the following areas: Deployment, Financial, Real Estate, Solar O&M, and Grid Interconnection. The public can provide comments to help shape the direction of the program through a survey.

Mid-Market Solar Policy Webinar

Join the Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 11 a.m. MT, during a webinar to learn about NREL's "Midmarket Solar Policies in the United States—A Guide for Midsized Solar Customers." The guidebook is aimed to help potential customers from the mid-market PV segment (between 50 kW to 2-5 MW) to navigate through different kinds of policy mechanisms in order to do preliminary assessment of project feasibility.

Barriers and Opportunities in the Commercial PV Sector Webinar

Join the Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. MT, during a webinar to learn about NREL's techno-economic potential for PV at offices, hotels, warehouses, and universities as well as barriers and opportunities for those sectors to use solar.


Upcoming Events

National Association of State Energy Officials Annual Meeting

Visit the NREL booth during the NASEO annual meeting, September 11-14, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Solar Power International

Join NREL researchers and analysts during select session during SPI, September 12–15, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mid-Market Solar Policy Webinar 

Learn about NREL's "Midmarket Solar Policies in the United States—A Guide for Midsized Solar Customers," during the Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 11 a.m. MT. The guidebook is aimed to help potential customers from the mid-market PV segment (between 50 kW to 2-5 MW) to navigate through different kinds of policy mechanisms in order to do preliminary assessment of project feasibility.

Barriers and Opportunities in the Commercial PV Sector Webinar 

Learn about NREL's techno-economic potential for PV at offices, hotels, warehouses, and universities as well as barriers and opportunities for those sectors to use solar during the Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. MT.

SolarPACES 2016

Meet scientists, who lead our NREL concentrating solar power research, during select sessions during SolarPACES, October 11–14, in Abu Dhabi.