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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.

Hot Topics: Voluntary Green Power Markets

March 07, 2016 by Alexandra Aznar

This STAT Chat podcast features Eric O’Shaughnessy, an analyst at the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, talking about voluntary green power markets. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Electric Vehicles and Solar Technology

December 16, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar

This STAT Chat podcast features Alex Schroeder, a transportation technology deployment manager at NREL, talking about electric vehicles and how they interact with solar technology. Continue reading

Hot Topics Part Two: Cities, Energy Use, and Local Energy Decision Making

November 04, 2015 by Alexandra Aznar, Erin Nobler

This STAT Chat podcast features Alexandra Anzar, a member of the solar technical assistance team at NREL, talking about the energy areas that cities are prioritizing, how they plan energy-related activities and measure their progress, and why cities adopt these practices to varying degrees. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Eliza Hotchkiss

October 12, 2015 by Eliza Hotchkiss

Eliza Hotchkiss, newly appointed Policy and Technical Assistance Section Supervisor, starts STAT’s new fiscal year by answering six questions about her work. Continue reading

Meet a Solar Expert: Caleb Rockenbaugh

September 28, 2015 by Erin Nobler

This STAT Chat podcast features Caleb Rockenbaugh, an engineer for the Technical Assessment and Screening group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He talks about his role and details several of the projects that he's worked on through the country. Continue reading

Meet a Solar Expert Part One: Carolyn Davidson

August 08, 2015 by Erin Nobler

This STAT Chat podcast features Carolyn Davidson, an economic analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), discussing data-driven market analysis and modeling as part of our Meet a Solar Expert series meant to give listeners a behind the scenes look at the working world of industry professionals. 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

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

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

State Energy Officials Talk Renewable Energy Policy Priorities at the 2015 NASEO Conference

February 25, 2015 by Kim Peterson

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) 2015 Energy Policy Outlook Conference in Washington, D.C. Some of the states’ top policymakers, regulators, and technical experts brought key insights into what lies ahead for states in the clean energy policy space to this event. The conference also attracted industry partners from the private sector, which allowed for dialogue amongst diverse and complementary stakeholders who are all shaping state energy policy and markets. Continue reading