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In-Depth Solar Technical Assistance

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In fiscal year 2015, NREL is offering in-depth technical assistance to cities and states targeting policy and programmatic improvements that will open and develop markets for distributed generation (DG), specifically solar rooftop photovoltaics (PV). This assistance is not a financial award. Rather, successful applicants are partnered with NREL expert staff to determine the most effective use of assistance in forwarding market opening policies and programs.

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Michigan is one example of how STAT has helped governments develop their solar markets.


The application period for the Solar Technical Assistance Team's (STAT) In-Depth program is now closed. Please sign up for email updates to learn about future opportunities. If you need an answer to a time-sensitive question or someone to provide expert testimony on solar policy best practices, STAT assistance is available on an as-needed basis through the Quick Response program.

Types of Assistance Available

The types of assistance available through the Solar Technical Assistance Team's (STAT) in-depth program include:

  • Review and comparison of current policies to best practices with suggestions for policy changes to better serve the solar distributed generation market
  • Unbiased analysis of economic and market impacts of changes to policies
  • Review and comparison of current regulations to best practices with suggestions for policy changes to better serve the solar DG market
  • Unbiased analysis of economic and market impacts of changes to regulations.

Current Projects

City of Charlottesville | Charlottesville, VA

NREL is working with Charlottesville on a multi-pronged effort to advance solar deployment in the community. These efforts include policies and best practices to site PV on historic buildings, quantifying Charlottesville's solar resource potential, and identify financing and incentive opportunities to spur PV installation rates.

New York Department of Public Service | Albany, NY

NREL is supporting the development of the Distributed System Platform, which will coordinate distributed resources to optimize power flows and emission profiles. STAT is applying the laboratory's expertise in advanced inverters and grid communications protocols work to help advance the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (NY REV) effort.

Community Solar Working Group

This working group has discussed program and policy options for developing community solar models, including approaches to utility rate design to methods for determining optimal subscriber bill credit rates. Members include:

  • Energy Conservation Works (City of Jackson and Grand Teton County, WY)
  • Guam Power Authority
  • Ketchum, Idaho
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce

Rate Design Working Group

This working group has focused on finding methodologies for calculating the benefits and costs of distributed PV in each location's unique context. Members include:

  • Guam Power Authority
  • Maryland Energy Administration
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Vermont Department of Public Service

Working group participants who have expressed interest are now receiving small scope assistance to move forward on their most pressing market barriers.

For more information about each individual request and the status of these projects, see the Technical Assistance Project Map.

The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative that is implemented in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). If you have any questions, please email them to