Research Library

Author: Brown, Phillip
Organization: Congressional Research Service
This CRS report analyzes the European Union countries’ policies to deploy and develop photovoltaics and onshore wind energy through its goal to derive 20% of total energy consumption from renewable energy by 2020. 
Author: Hansen, Lena | Lacy, Virginia | Glick, Devi
Organization: Rocky Mountain Institute
This Rocky Mountain Institute report provides an assessment of various methodological best practices and information gaps surrounding studies of the costs and benefits of solar systems.  The effort found that there is considerable range in assessed values and that the most significant benefits from distributed solar...
Author: Broderick, Robert | Ellis, Abraham | Fox, Kevin | Lindl, Tom
Organization: Interstate Renewable Energy Council
The IREC paper discusses planning efforts that are being contemplated or implemented by utilities across the United States to accomodate distributed generation.   It also proposes an Integrated Distribution Planning approach to proactively plan for distributed generation.  
Author: Perez, Richard | Zweibel, Ken | Hoff, Thomas
Organization: GW Solar Institute | SUNY-Albany | Clean Power Research
This report identifies a full range of benefits from solar electric power plants including environmental, fuel price mitigation, outage risk protection, and long‐term economic growth components and estimates the combined value of those benefits to utilities’ ratepayers and society’s taxpayers with a specific case...
Author: Paidipati, J. | Frantzis, L. | Sawyer, H. | Kurrasch, A.
Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Navigant Consulting
The NREL study models market penetration of rooftop photovoltaics in the United States in a variety of scenarios and on a state-by-state basis for years 2007 to 2015. The report found significant potential for rooftop solar in the United States in terms of potential cumulative installations and contributions to future...
Author: Perez, Richard | Kivalov, Sergey | Hoff, Thomas | Dise, John | Chalmers, David
Organization: GW Solar Institute | SUNY-Albany | Clean Power Research
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Author: Hernandez, Mari
Organization: Center for American Progress
This Center for American Progress brief finds that the recent increase in solar rooftop installations are occurring primarily in middle-class neighborhoods by relatively affluent homeowners.    
Author: Ardani, Kristen | Seif, Dan | Margolis, Robert | Morris, Jesse | Davidson, Carolyn | Truitt, Sarah | Torbet, Roy
Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The NREL report analyzes soft cost reduction trajectories, and compares those with the cost-reduction goals of the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. The report found that at both residential and commercial scales, the current trajectory case does not achieve US DOE SunShot Targets by 2020.
Author: Barnes, Chelsea | Barnes, Justin | Laurent, Chad | Heinemann, Amy | Uppal, Jayson
Organization: US Department of Energy | North Carolina Solar Center | Meister Consultants Group
This North Carolina Solar Center and Meister Consultants reports addresses uncertainty over how PV systems should be valued and tax for property tax purposes.  The report assesses property taxes as they apply to solar PV systems and how systems are assessed under PV-specific and general property tax laws. The report...
Author: Crabb, Bryan | Zweibel, Ken
Organization: GW Solar Institute | California Solar Energy Industries Association
The report discusses Federal Incentives for all energy sources, including solar, wind, biofuels, hydrologic, coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. It provides historical context for subsidies and tax incentives that have helped energy subsidies develop into mature technologies, and compares renewable energy Federal...