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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.

The Value Challenge: Benefits and Costs of Solar

October 04, 2014 by Sherry Stout

The benefits and costs of distributed generation photovoltaics (DGPV) has become a trending topic among solar renewable energy professionals and policymakers. Currently, several jurisdictions are trying to develop a method for valuing solar while other locations are trying to determine the fairness of net energy metering (NEM) policies based on the benefits and costs of solar. Almost everyone agrees that this is not an easy question. Continue reading

Minnesota Values Solar Generation with New "Value of Solar" Tariff

October 03, 2014 by Karlynn Cory

This is the fourth and final blog in a series of articles on the growing interest in identifying and incorporating the values of solar (VOS) to the grid into electricity rate structures. Continue reading

Upcoming Opportunities for NREL Solar Assistance

September 30, 2014 by Kim Peterson

Through our In-depth Technical Assistance program, NREL is seeking several jurisdictions that want a holistic policy and technical approach to developing state and local solar PV distributed generation markets. Continue reading

Meet a Solar Siting Expert: Otto VanGeet

September 24, 2014 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Otto VanGeet, a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing PV project siting as part of our Meet a Solar Expert series. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Jenny Heeter

September 11, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Jenny Heeter, a member of the Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group in NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center, answers five questions about her work. Continue reading

Iowa: Tax Credits Increased, Distributed Generation Investigated, and Communities Impacted

September 04, 2014 by Alexandra Aznar

This is the third blog in a four-part series of articles in which we discuss either the valuation of solar to the grid and various stakeholders or value-of-solar (VOS) tariffs and policies. Continue reading

Utah: Monthly Net Energy Metering Fees Debated

August 28, 2014 by Alexandra Aznar

This is the second blog in a four-part series of articles in which we discuss either the valuation of solar to the grid and various stakeholders or value-of-solar (VOS) tariffs and policies. Continue reading

Louisiana: Net Metering Cost/Benefit Study Authorized

August 21, 2014 by Alexandra Aznar

This is the first blog in a four-part series of articles in which we discuss either the valuation of solar to the grid and various stakeholders or value-of-solar (VOS) tariffs and policies. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Erin Nobler

August 14, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Erin Nobler, a project leader in the Market Transformation Center, answers six questions about her work at NREL. Continue reading

Jurisdictional Authority: Who Has the (Solar) Power?

August 05, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Jurisdictional authority has been a complex issue for more than a century. As the Cornell University Law School's website elegantly puts it, "The question of whether a given court has the power to determine a jurisdictional question is itself a jurisdictional question." Continue reading