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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.

Solar Power in Manufactured Housing Communities

November 20, 2017 by Benjamin Mow

Efforts to expand solar access to harder-to-reach markets have been the focus of dedicated low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar policies and programs over the past several years. Community solar programs and various financing mechanisms have been enacted at the state and local levels to extend solar access across diverse populations. Continue reading

Meet a Solar Expert: Phillip Beiter and Anthony Lopez

May 02, 2016 by Alexandra Aznar

This STAT Chat podcast features Phillip Beiter and Anthony Lopez from the Strategic Analysis Center as part of the Meet a Solar Expert series, a behind the scenes look at solar industry professionals. Continue reading

Solar Energy Improving Resiliency: A Look at California During a Historical Drought

August 19, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar

In February, the Solar STAT blog featured a post on 2012’s Hurricane Sandy and  how solar PV can support disaster resiliency . Extreme weather events are not limited to hurricanes, of course. Others, like California’s ongoing drought, pose additional challenges for electricity generators but also demonstrate an emerging role for solar energy. 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

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Net Metering and Distributed Solar

December 10, 2014 by Alexandra Aznar

Most states have implemented net energy metering (NEM) policies to value the contributions of distributed generation photovoltaics (DGPV) to the electricity grid. Continue reading

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

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