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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.

Charting the Emergence of Corporate Procurement of Utility-Scale PV

December 26, 2017 by Jeffrey J. Cook

Though most large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment has been driven by utility compliance with renewable portfolio standards, in recent years a growing share of demand is coming from corporations and other institutions. Voluntary corporate procurement of utility-scale PV has increased from less than 1% of total PV procurement in 2014, to 9% in 2016 and 17% through July 2017. Continue reading

Smart Grid, Smart Inverters for a Smart Energy Future

December 14, 2017 by Benjamin Mow

Smart grid infrastructure can provide the technology necessary to reliably attain high levels of solar integration in the United States’ electric grid—so what, exactly, is a smart grid? Continue reading