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Solar STAT Blog

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

Economic and Environmental Considerations Drive State Innovation in GHG Initiatives

November 22, 2016 by Jeffrey J. Cook

The Washington Department of Ecology published the Clean Air Rule on September 15, 2016, becoming the 11th state to adopt a market-based cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Washington joins California and nine northeastern states in adopting such a program (Figure 1). Continue reading

Solar for Everyone: Increasing Low-and-Moderate Income (LMI) Populations' Access to Solar Power

November 17, 2016 by Alison Holm

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems provide a wide range of potential benefits, including long-term energy cost savings, power grid resiliency [1] and reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – which has positive implications for both human and environmental health. Access to distributed solar power remains elusive for a significant slice of the U.S. population, particularly low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. Continue reading