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NREL Conduit Blog

The NREL Conduit Blog discusses research relevant to state, local, and tribal governments. Contributing authors provide posts related to events, policy analysis, and decision support outcomes to inform the market in a credible and timely fashion.

Solar Technical Assistance in Action: Delaware's Inverter Story

January 30, 2015 by Sherry Stout

Under U.S. law, individual states can evaluate and modify interconnection and net metering policies and regulations based on changes in technology. Due to the increasing complexity of new photovoltaic (PV) technologies, one of the most popular requests received by NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) is for help with understanding and evaluating solar interconnection and net metering policy options. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Megan Day

January 22, 2015 by Sherry Stout

Megan Day, a project leader with NREL’s Market Partnerships & Tools group in the lab’s Integrated Applications Center, answers seven questions about her work. Continue reading

The Ins and Outs of Solar Leasing

January 08, 2015 by Sherry Stout

Leasing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system can help homeowners gain access to solar power without some of the hassles of ownership, but they need to understand the lease components to be sure they are getting a fair deal. Continue reading

In the Field: Solar Policy in Vermont

January 05, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Andrew Perchlik, director of the Vermont Department of Public Service Clean Energy Development Fund, discussing the current renewable energy policy climate in Vermont. Continue reading

Market Watch: Renewable Portfolio Standard Legislation 2013-2014

December 30, 2014 by Joseph Chavez

With 2014 coming to an end, it seems like a good time to take a look back on the past two years of solar policy headlines related to renewable portfolio standards. These state-level policies set a goal for electricity generation from renewable resources, usually given as a time-bound percentage of total electricity generation, such as 25% renewable generation by 2020. Continue reading

From Basic Information to Specific Requests, Technical Assistance Can Start Anywhere

December 19, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Sometimes state and local governments are not quite sure what type of technical assistance they need, but they know that they need credible information on how to effectively support solar market development. Often, these requests are fairly general at first and then get more specific through either the scoping process or multiple requests over time. Case in point: Michigan. Continue reading

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Net Metering and Distributed Solar

December 10, 2014 by Alexandra Aznar

Most states have implemented net energy metering (NEM) policies to value the contributions of distributed generation photovoltaics (DGPV) to the electricity grid. Continue reading

How Strategic Policy Stacking Can Lead to Solar Market Success

December 08, 2014 by Elizabeth Doris

If economics were the only factor driving the installation of photovoltaic systems, then all states should see similar growth in installed PV capacity because prices for solar continue to decrease. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Kimberly Peterson

December 03, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Kimberly Peterson, a senior engineer in NREL's Market Partnerships & Tools group in the lab's Integrated Applications Center, answers six questions about her work. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Policy Stacking

November 26, 2014 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Elizabeth Doris, a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing NREL's policy stacking theory as part of our Hot Topics series. Continue reading