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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: 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

Takeaways from the American Public Power Association 2014 Conference

November 24, 2014 by John Nangle

The American Public Power Association (APPA) was founded in 1940 and represents 3,000 public utilities that support roughly 45 million customers. The APPA held its 2014 Customer Connections Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, during the week of October 26. 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

Word of the Day: Distributed Generation

November 11, 2014 by Alexis Powers

What do solar industry professionals mean when they talk about "distributed generation"? A general definition of distributed generation, or DG, is an electric power source that is located at or near the point of consumption. Other terms that may be used to convey the same idea include "dispersed generation" or "decentralized generation." Continue reading

What is Community Solar Going to Cost?

November 06, 2014 by Sherry Stout

For many people, owning a private solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system is simply not feasible because of costs, siting issues, or housing type (i.e. rental properties or multifamily housing units). Community solar programs - sometimes called solar gardens - provide one way to increase access to the solar market, reduce up-front costs, and allow for optimal siting. Continue reading