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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.

Meet a Solar Financing Expert: Travis Lowder

April 02, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Travis Lowder, an energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discussing solar financing as part of our Meet a Solar Expert series. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Value of Solar

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. Continue reading

In the Field: National Association of State Energy Officials

February 27, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Melissa Savage, a senior program director for the National Association of State Energy Officials, discussing the roles of state energy offices and the organization that supports them. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Community Solar Gardens

February 12, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Jason Coughlin, a solar analyst and financing expert at NREL, discussing current approaches to community or shared solar programs. Continue reading

In the Field: Solar Policy in Vermont

January 05, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Andrew Perchlik, director of the Vermont Department of Public Service Clean Energy Development Fund, discussing the current renewable energy policy climate in Vermont. 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

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

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

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