Research & Reports

December 13th, 2016
A Bright New Day in Louisiana: Public Service Commission Reinstates Solar Net Metering

A Bright New Day in Louisiana: Public Service Commission Reinstates Solar Net Metering On Thursday, November 17th, the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted unanimously in favor of new solar net metering rules, ending an extended period during which some utilities …

March 12th, 2013
Evaluating the Benefits and Costs of Net Energy Metering in California

Crossborder Energy – January 2013 This paper explores recent claims by California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) that the state’s net energy metering (NEM) policy causes substantial cost shifts between energy customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and other non-solar customers, particularly in the residential …

November 2nd, 2012
The Intersection of Net Metering and Retail Choice

Interstate Renewable Energy Council – December 2010 Net metering is one of the most important, least‐cost policies by which owners of solar photovoltaic (PV) or other renewable systems may recoup their energy investment. This policy essentially allows a renewable energy system owner …

November 2nd, 2012
Growing Solar Power Industry Brightens Job Market

U.S. Department of Energy – April 2010 U.S. solar power capacity is expanding rapidly as part of the national initiative to double renewable energy resources in three years. This growth is helping to generate many new, well-paid jobs in solar …

October 24th, 2012
Dollars from Sense: The Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory – 1997 For decades, proponents of renewable energy technologies have focused on their indirect economic benefits, such as the reduced health and environmental restoration costs stemming from their lower environmental impact. These arguments have been acknowledged …

October 12th, 2012
The History of Solar Timeline

U.S. Department of Energy – 2005 This timeline lists the milestones in the historical development of solar technology from the 7th Century B.C. to the 1200s A.D to today.

October 12th, 2012
Tracking the Sun IV: An Historical Summary of the Installed Cost of Photovoltaics in the United States from 1998 to 2010

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – 2011 As the deployment of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has increased, so too has the desire to track the installed cost of these systems over time and by location, customer type, system characteristics, and component. This …

October 12th, 2012
Green Jobs Pay Better

October 12th, 2012
A Generalized Approach to Assessing the Rate Impacts of Net Energy Metering

Solar America Board for Codes and Standards Report – Keyes and Wiedman – 2012 Net energy metering (NEM) is a state-level policy that permits a utility customer to generate electricity on site to offset the customer’s load and deliver any …

October 12th, 2012
US Solar Energy Trade – Assessment 2011

GTM Research – 2011 The second annual edition of a study first published in November 2010. It is a comprehensive analysis of trade flows and domestic value creation in the U.S. solar energy industry for the calendar year 2010. The …