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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.

SAPC Finalizes Two Best Practices Documents

May 28, 2015 by Brandon Kiger

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group has finalized two documents designed to mitigate investor and owner risk and to generate confidence in the distributed solar PV asset class: Best Practices for PV System Installation and Best Practices for PV System O&M .  The documents were developed over the past two years, using input from a diverse group of stakeholders including developers, financiers, independent engineers, and rating agencies. Continue reading

Marg Kelly's 35 Years in Review

May 11, 2015 by Sherry Stout

Marg Kelly of NREL's Market Partnerships and Tools group answers eight questions about renewable technology and her work at NREL over the past 35 years. Continue reading

Energy Storage Dialogue Continues as Tesla Announces New Strategy for Stationary Applications

May 08, 2015 by Megan Mercer

Behind-the-meter storage, also known as on-site distributed energy storage, is currently a small market. However, companies like Tesla are trying to make big waves in its deployment. Continue reading

STAT Team Delivers In-Depth Technical Assistance to State, Local Governments

April 29, 2015 by Kim Peterson

Over the past few months, NREL’s STAT team has been digging in to help several state and local jurisdictions take on multifaceted solar market barriers.  Direct technical assistance recipients include the New York State Department of Public Service and Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as participants in working groups on rate design and community solar. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Alex Aznar

April 16, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar

Alex Aznar answers seven questions about her work. Continue reading

Word of the Day: PURPA

April 10, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar

Many federal, state, and local policies have supported and continue to support the deployment of renewable energy onto the grid. One foundational federal policy was the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978, which is known as PURPA. Continue reading

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

Cities Leading Through Energy Analysis and Planning Helps Support Local Clean Energy Innovation

March 26, 2015 by Steve Lommele

Local governments nationwide are pursuing strategies to improve the sustainability, resiliency, and energy futures of their communities. A host of federal and non-profit tools and programs exist to support these strategies, but until now no single program has focused specifically on helping cities address all of their energy, sustainability, and resiliency challenges. 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

Trip Notes: How Solar Policy Issues in Jamaica Compare to U.S. Market Needs

March 17, 2015 by Sherry Stout

Last week, two members of NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team—Liz Doris and I—had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica to discuss the country's net billing program with a variety of stakeholders. Our work under this project is being funded by the State Department’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), but we were able to draw extensively upon our experience supporting state and local governments through STAT. Continue reading