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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.

How Strategic Policy Stacking Can Lead to Solar Market Success

December 08, 2014 by Elizabeth Doris

If economics were the only factor driving the installation of photovoltaic systems, then all states should see similar growth in installed PV capacity because prices for solar continue to decrease. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Kimberly Peterson

December 03, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Kimberly Peterson, a senior engineer in NREL's Market Partnerships & Tools group in the lab's Integrated Applications Center, answers six questions about her work. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Policy Stacking

November 26, 2014 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Elizabeth Doris, a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing NREL's policy stacking theory as part of our Hot Topics series. Continue reading

Takeaways from the American Public Power Association 2014 Conference

November 24, 2014 by John Nangle

The American Public Power Association (APPA) was founded in 1940 and represents 3,000 public utilities that support roughly 45 million customers. The APPA held its 2014 Customer Connections Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, during the week of October 26. Continue reading

Meet a Solar Policy Expert: Joyce McLaren

November 13, 2014 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Joyce McLaren, a senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing solar policy as part of our Meet a Solar Expert series. Continue reading

Word of the Day: Distributed Generation

November 11, 2014 by Alexis Powers

What do solar industry professionals mean when they talk about "distributed generation"? A general definition of distributed generation, or DG, is an electric power source that is located at or near the point of consumption. Other terms that may be used to convey the same idea include "dispersed generation" or "decentralized generation." Continue reading

What is Community Solar Going to Cost?

November 06, 2014 by Sherry Stout

For many people, owning a private solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system is simply not feasible because of costs, siting issues, or housing type (i.e. rental properties or multifamily housing units). Community solar programs - sometimes called solar gardens - provide one way to increase access to the solar market, reduce up-front costs, and allow for optimal siting. Continue reading

PV Interconnection Issues: Are You the 15%?

October 29, 2014 by Sherry Stout

According to projections from Green Tech Media, a new distributed photovoltaic (PV) system will be installed in the United States roughly every 80 seconds by the year 2016, making interconnection-related concerns and innovations a top priority. A streamlined interconnection process is needed to keep pace with this expected growth in demand for solar energy systems. Ultimately, both utilities and consumers can benefit from reduced solar project timeframes and costs. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Jason Coughlin

October 16, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Jason Coughlin, a member of the Solar and Buildings Technologies Group at NREL, answers six questions about his work. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Solar Interconnection Policy

October 07, 2014 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Kristen Ardani, a solar technology markets and policy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing the PV interconnection process as part of our Hot Topics series. Continue reading