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Education and Outreach

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) develops a range of education and outreach materials to aid solar market growth at the state and local levels.


The Solar STAT Blog discusses state and local efforts to develop solar markets in the United States. Contributing authors provide weekly posts related to events, solar policy analysis, and technical assistance outcomes for the purpose of informing the market in a credible and timely fashion.

Policy Basics

States and local communities can create policy strategies to help achieve their clean energy goals. The STAT Network provides general background information, implementation considerations, and design best practices on a wide variety of solar policies via our Policy Basics section. Topics include feed-in tariffs, renewable energy rebates, value-of-solar tariffs, community solar, and more.


The STAT Chat podcast talks with in-house solar energy experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other photovoltaic industry professionals about PV technologies and market development. Series features including "Meet a Solar Expert," "Hot Topics," and "In the Field" aim to explore the who, what, where, and why behind changes happening in solar markets across the United States.


The popular STAT webinar series targets state policymakers and staff who are addressing solar market barriers. Past presentations are available for the following topics:

  • Solar 101—This series introduces policymakers to strategies for successfully implementing solar in their communities.

  • Hot Topics—These webinars cover timely issues that impact the solar market, such as finance, job creation, and regulatory strategies.

  • DIY Solar Market Analysis—These do-it-yourself webinars offer guided tours of solar tools that aid in assessing, analyzing, and optimizing market conditions.

For more information on upcoming webinars, podcasts, and videos, sign up to receive updates from the STAT team.