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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.

In the Field: National Association of State Energy Officials

February 27, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Melissa Savage, a senior program director for the National Association of State Energy Officials, discussing the roles of state energy offices and the organization that supports them. 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

Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Emerson Reiter

February 20, 2015 by Sherry Stout

Emerson Reiter, a project leader with NREL’s Market Partnerships & Tools group in the lab’s Integrated Applications Center, answers seven questions about his work. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Community Solar Gardens

February 12, 2015 by Alexis Powers, Erin Nobler, John De La Rosa, Sherry Stout

This STAT Chat podcast features Jason Coughlin, a solar analyst and financing expert at NREL, discussing current approaches to community or shared solar programs. Continue reading

How Solar PV Can Support Disaster Resiliency

February 03, 2015 by Eliza Hotchkiss

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast of the United States, New Jersey was ranked second in the country for solar photovoltaic (PV) implementation—only behind California. However, when millions of New Jerseyans were without power after the storm, only two PV systems in the state were operational. Continue reading