Research Library

Author: Mueller, James | Ronen, Amit
Organization: GW Solar Institute
Federal tax policies have been an important driver for solar’s recent remarkable growth, but without action during the 114th Congress, the 30-percent investment tax credit (ITC) for solar and other clean energy technologies will expire at the end of 2016. If Congress were to allow this policy shock to occur, the...
Author: Mueller, James | Ronen, Amit
Organization: GW Solar Institute
This working paper provides a synopsis of the 2014 Solar Symposium discussion and provides specific recommendations for how to expand solar energy in lower income communities. The authors provide several policy recommendations and tools that federal, state, and local policymakers could use to expand lower income solar...
National Solar Jobs Census 2014
Organization: The Solar Foundation | BW Research Partnership | GW Solar Institute
Now in its fifth year, the annual National Solar Jobs Census is the nation’s only comprehensive solar jobs assessment produced by The Solar Foundation and BW Research Partnership, in partnership with the GW Solar Institute. Since the first Census in 2010, solar industry employment has grown by 86 percent resulting in...
Author: Bovarnick, Ben | Banks, Darryl
Organization: Center for American Progress
This report summarizes the reasons why low-income residents would benefit from solar and the various initiatives in California, Louisiana, and Coloradoto increase solar deployment within low-income communities. The authors then discuss various programs and policy recommendations that would increase solar deployment...
Author: Mueller, James | Ronen, Amit
Organization: GW Solar Institute
This policy brief investigates the impact that recent Congressional tax reform proposals would have on the solar industry. As the first policy brief in an ongoing series, it outlines both the challenges and the opportunities for the solar industry within tax reform. The GW Solar Institute's analysis finds that all...
Author: Ronen, Amit | Schoolman, Anya
Organization: GW Solar Institute | DC SUN
This whitepaper summarizes recommendations from the Expanding Low-Income Solar in DC Roundtable, hosted by the GW Solar Institute and DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN) on April 9, 2014. Extensive conversations among roughly 70 key stakeholders in the low-income housing, solar, finance, and government sectors...
Author: Hernandez, Mari
Organization: Center for American Progress
This report examines the income level of rooftop solar adopters in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York. The author finds that emerging solar markets in Massachusetts and New York closely resemble her previous analysis where the largest adopters are middle class households. The majority of installations in Maryland...
Author: Garcia, Bryan | Henderson, Philip | Copithorne, Brad | Fazeli, Sandy | Krasja, Peter | Pitkin, Jeff | Stringer, Jason
Organization: CEFIA | Natural Resources Defense Council | Environmental Defense Fund | National Association of State Energy Officials | AFC First Financial Corporation | NYSERDA | Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
This report summarizes existing on-bill programs and program design to help policymakers and program leaders better understand the impact and potential of these programs. As of January 2014, 25 states, the United Kingdom, and Canada are operating or preparing to launch on-bill programs.
Author: Lew, D. | Brinkman, G. | Ibanez, E. | Florita, A. | Heany, M. | Hodge, B.-M. | Hummon, M. | Stark, G. | King, J. | Lefton, S.A. | Agan, D. | Kumar, N. | Jordan, G. | Venkataraman, S.
Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
This NREL report analyzes the impacts of 33% integration of wind and solar resources on the electricity grid in the Western portion of the United States. It specifically examines the cost and emission impacts associated with the potential need to modulate fossil fueled generation to accomodate intermittent wind and...
Author: Krausz, Brian
Organization: GW School of Engineering
This GW Student report examines the US Environmental Protection Agency’s role in support national plans for renewable electricity generation. Specifically, the report examines EPA’s role in developing criteria to evaluate environmental effects of electricity-related consumer products, ensuring future infrastructure...