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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.

Charting the Emergence of Corporate Procurement of Utility-Scale PV

December 26, 2017 by Jeffrey J. Cook

Though most large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment has been driven by utility compliance with renewable portfolio standards, in recent years a growing share of demand is coming from corporations and other institutions. Voluntary corporate procurement of utility-scale PV has increased from less than 1% of total PV procurement in 2014, to 9% in 2016 and 17% through July 2017. Continue reading

Smart Grid, Smart Inverters for a Smart Energy Future

December 14, 2017 by Benjamin Mow

Smart grid infrastructure can provide the technology necessary to reliably attain high levels of solar integration in the United States’ electric grid—so what, exactly, is a smart grid? Continue reading