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The Solar STAT blog discusses state and local efforts to develop solar markets in the United States. With support from the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, NREL’s Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) authors weekly posts related to events, solar policy analysis, and technical assistance outcomes for the purpose of informing the market in a credible and timely fashion.

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In the Field: National Association of State Energy Officials

February 27, 2015 by , , ,

This STAT Chat podcast features Melissa Savage, a senior program director for the National Association of State Energy Officials, discussing the roles of state energy offices and the organization that supports them.

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State Energy Officials Talk Renewable Energy Policy Priorities at the 2015 NASEO Conference

February 25, 2015 by

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) 2015 Energy Policy Outlook Conference in Washington, D.C. Some of the states’ top policymakers, regulators, and technical experts brought key insights into what lies ahead for states in the clean energy policy space to this event. The conference also attracted industry partners from the private sector, which allowed for dialogue amongst diverse and complementary stakeholders who are all shaping state energy policy and markets. Continue reading

  

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Emerson Reiter

February 20, 2015 by

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

  

Hot Topics: Community Solar Gardens

February 12, 2015 by , , ,

This STAT Chat podcast features Jason Coughlin, a solar analyst and financing expert at NREL, discussing current approaches to community or shared solar programs.

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How Solar PV Can Support Disaster Resiliency

February 3, 2015 by

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast of the United States, New Jersey was ranked second in the country for solar photovoltaic (PV) implementation—only behind California. However, when millions of New Jerseyans were without power after the storm, only two PV systems in the state were operational. Continue reading

  

Solar Technical Assistance in Action: Delaware’s Inverter Story

January 30, 2015 by

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

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 8, 2015 by

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 5, 2015 by , , ,

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.

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Market Watch: Renewable Portfolio Standard Legislation 2013-2014

December 30, 2014 by

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. One of our most popular policy basics pages provides more background info on state RPSs, so we will dive right into the market impacts of this type of legislation. Continue reading

  
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