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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Solar

Solar


Why Utilities Across the Nation Are Embracing Community Solar

Utility Dive, Jan. 22, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/why-utilities-across-the-nation-are-embracing-community-solar/354164/

"The shared renewables movement is catching on from coast to coast."

Selling Into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2015.
http://emp.lbl.gov/publications/selling-sun-price-premium

"Capturing the value that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems may add to home sales transactions is increasingly important. Our study enhances the PV-home-valuation literature by more than doubling the number of PV home sales analyzed (22,822 homes in total, 3,951 of which are PV) and examining transactions in eight states that span the years 2002–2013. We find that home buyers are consistently willing to pay PV home premiums across various states, housing and PV markets, and home types."

Benchmarking the Declining Cost of Solar

Solar Today, Nov/Dec 2014, by Samantha Weaver and others. (Scroll to page 24.)
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/index.php?i=0&m=23867&l=1&p=4&pre=&ver=swf

"New reports from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyze the policies, programs, and other factors that drive the declining cost of solar photovoltaics in both residential and commercial applications."

Arizona's Utility-Owned Solar Programs: The New Business Models Utilities Are Looking For?

Utility Dive, Jan. 7, 2014, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/arizonas-utility-owned-solar-programs-the-new-business-models-utilities-a/348331/

"Two innovative utility-owned solar programs were finalized by Arizona regulators at the close of 2014, programs that could change the net energy metering controversy. More importantly, they could change the utility business model and the solar business."

Low-Income Housing a Rich Market for Commercial-Scale Solar

Solar Industry, Nov. 2014, by Mike Healy.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1411/FEAT_05_Low-Income-Housing-A-Rich-Market-For-Commercial-Scale-Solar.html

"Policymakers and community-based incentives are extending solar thermal benefits to new customers."

'Storage is Here': Solar-Plus-Storage Market will Surpass $1B by 2018

Utility Dive, Dec. 17, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/storage-is-here-solar-plus-storage-market-will-surpass-1b-by-2018/345117/

"10% of new commercial solar customers will pair their installations with storage by 2018, according to research published Thursday morning by GTM Research. Spurred by falling battery prices, the solar-plus-storage market will surpass $1 billion that year, but analysts warn that there are potential challenges ahead."

German PV Recycling Law Likely to Set a Global Standard

Solar Industry, Nov. 2014, by Oliver Friedrichs.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1411/FEAT_02_German-PV-Recycling-Law-Likely-To-Set-A-Global-Standard.html

"Requirements aimed at recovering end-of-life PV [photovoltaic] products are intended to make a green industry even greener."

The Effect of State Policy Suites on the Development of Solar Markets

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Nov. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy15osti/62506.pdf

"Many states and local governments have undertaken a variety of policy initiatives with the goal of encouraging private investment and building robust solar photovoltaic (PV) markets. While some states have seen many-fold increases in solar PV installations over the last decade, many other states, some with similar policies, have been less successful. The perceived lack of a clear relationship between implementation of specific policies and increases in solar installations has been challenging to policymakers seeking to support solar markets within their jurisdictions."

Solar Photovoltaic Output Depends on Orientation, Tilt, and Tracking

Energy Information Administration, Nov. 19, 2014.
http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=18871

"Financial incentives, renewable portfolio standards, cost declines, and system performance improvements have led to more customer-sited solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, especially in states such as California. Because PV panels are able to capture more solar energy when they are pointed directly at the sun, installers may configure systems to optimize output by adjusting the orientation and tilt of a system, or by using mechanisms that track the sun as it traverses the sky."

Community Shared Solar: Policy and Regulatory Considerations

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sep. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/62367.pdf

"This paper explores the ways in which the shared solar business model interacts with existing policy and regulations, including net metering, tax credits, and securities regulation. It presents some of the barriers that shared solar projects may face, and provides options for creating a supportive policy environment."

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