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Non-Residential Solar Water Heating Site Assessment at Milwaukee Apartment Buildings

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association's certified site assessors conducted 25 site assessments under a subcontract with NREL in 2009. The attached is one of the SHW assessments.

Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

PV Solar Site Assessment (Milwaukee high school)

The purpose of this assessment is to provide site-specific information on how a solar electric (also referred to as a photovoltaic, or PV) system would perform at your location, including information on estimated physical size, rated output, energy production, costs, financial incentives and mounting options. Site assessors are required to present unbiased information and may not recommend contractors or products.

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Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

Credentialing: Whats in a Name? A Lot

This article discusses the various types of credentials for solar installers, and clears up misunderstandings of the terms certification, certificate, accreditation, and licensure.

The Impact of Local Permitting on the Cost of Solar Power

Reports show how simpler solar permitting can generate billions for state economies. Streamlined permitting can make solar affordable for 50% of American homes.

PV Cost Convergence Calculator

This PV Cost Convergence Calculator provides a big-picture look at the city-by-city timing of cost convergence for PV energy from 2000 to 2020. The calculator allows local city or utility staff, or other interested parties to understand the order of magnitude influence of commonly used incentives like grants or rebates, performance incentives, or low interest loans on the levelized cost of solar PV energy. The calculator also allows for a comparison of reference cost convergence trends to city specific scenarios.

Have a Nice Day (NYT op-ed column)

Applied Materials is one of the most important U.S. companies you’ve probably never heard of. It makes the machines that make the microchips that go inside your computer. The chip business, though, is volatile, so in 2004 Mike Splinter, Applied Materials’s C.E.O., decided to add a new business line to take advantage of the company’s nanotechnology capabilities — making the machines that make solar panels.

Utility External Disconnect Switch: Practical, Legal, and Technical Reasons to Eliminate the Requirement

This report documents the safe operation of PV systems without a utility external disconnect switch in several large jurisdictions. It includes recommendations for regulators contemplating utility external disconnect switch requirements.

Portland's Commercial Solar Permitting Guide

This program guide outlines the application and review procedures for obtaining the necessary permits to install a solar energy system on a new or existing commercial building.

Location:
Portland, Oregon
United States

Portland's Residential Solar Permitting Guide

This program guide outlines the application and review procedures for obtaining the necessary permit(s) to install a solar energy system for a new or existing residential building. The guide also describes what system siting or design elements may trigger the need for additional plan review.

Location:
Portland, Oregon
United States

Solar Real-Time Pricing: Is Real-Time Electriciy Pricing Beneficial to Solar PV in New York City?

The goal of this study is to evaluate the validity of the following statement: “the coincidence of high electric energy prices and peak solar electric photovoltaic (PV) output can improve the economics of PV installations, and can also facilitate the wider use of hourly pricing.” The study is focused on Con Edison electric service territory in New York City.

Location:
New York, New York
United States

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