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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.

Market Watch: Renewable Portfolio Standard Legislation 2013-2014

December 30, 2014 by Joseph Chavez

With 2014 coming to an end, it seems like a good time to take a look back on the past two years of solar policy headlines related to renewable portfolio standards. These state-level policies set a goal for electricity generation from renewable resources, usually given as a time-bound percentage of total electricity generation, such as 25% renewable generation by 2020. Continue reading

From Basic Information to Specific Requests, Technical Assistance Can Start Anywhere

December 19, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Sometimes state and local governments are not quite sure what type of technical assistance they need, but they know that they need credible information on how to effectively support solar market development. Often, these requests are fairly general at first and then get more specific through either the scoping process or multiple requests over time. Case in point: Michigan. 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

How Strategic Policy Stacking Can Lead to Solar Market Success

December 08, 2014 by Elizabeth Doris

If economics were the only factor driving the installation of photovoltaic systems, then all states should see similar growth in installed PV capacity because prices for solar continue to decrease. Continue reading

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Kimberly Peterson

December 03, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Kimberly Peterson, a senior engineer in NREL's Market Partnerships & Tools group in the lab's Integrated Applications Center, answers six questions about her work. Continue reading