Solar STAT Blog
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.
May 11, 2015 by Sherry Stout
April 29, 2015 by Kim Peterson
Over the past few months, NREL’s STAT team has been digging in to help several state and local jurisdictions take on multifaceted solar market barriers. Direct technical assistance recipients include the New York State Department of Public Service and Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as participants in working groups on rate design and community solar.
April 16, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar
April 10, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar
April 2, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout
March 26, 2015 by Steve Lommele
Local governments nationwide are pursuing strategies to improve the sustainability, resiliency, and energy futures of their communities. A host of federal and non-profit tools and programs exist to support these strategies, but until now no single program has focused specifically on helping cities address all of their energy, sustainability, and resiliency challenges. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project aims to change that by supporting the widespread implementation of data-driven energy policies, programs, and projects by cities.
March 20, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout
This three-part STAT Chat podcast series features Joyce McLaren, a senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing value of solar (VOS) policy, including what it is, how it is developed, and which methodologies are being used in the marketplace.
- VOS Part 1—Policy Overview and Definition of Value of Solar
- VOS Part 2—Components of Value of Solar
- VOS Part 3—Rate Designs for Value of Solar
March 17, 2015 by Sherry Stout
Last week, two members of NREL’s Solar Technical Assistance Team—Liz Doris and I—had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica to discuss the country’s net billing program with a variety of stakeholders. Our work under this project is being funded by the State Department’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), but we were able to draw extensively upon our experience supporting state and local governments through STAT. Continue reading
March 6, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar
When analysts want to compare the cost of generating electricity from various sources such as wind, solar, coal, and natural gas, they often use a metric called the levelized cost of electricity or LCOE. This amount is typically displayed as cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). In the power industry, the LCOE is also referred to as the “bus bar” cost. Continue reading