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U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010

Solar markets are booming in the United States due to strong consumer demand and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities. Over 124,000 new solar heating, cooling, and solar electric installations were completed in 2010, an increase of 22% compared to the number of systems installed in 2009. The capacity of these installations is 981 MWDC for electricity production and 814 MWTH for thermal heating. The majority of the market share for each solar technology is concentrated in a few states.

Solar Ready: An Overview of Implementation Practices

This report explores three mechanisms for encouraging solar ready building design and construction: solar ready legislation, certification programs for solar ready design and construction, and stakeholder education. These methods are not mutually exclusive, and all, if implemented well, could contribute to more solar ready construction.

Analysis of Web Based Solar Photovoltaic Mapping Tools

A PV mapping tool visually represents a specific site and calculates PV system size and projected electricity production. This report identifies the commercially available solar mapping tools and thoroughly summarizes the source data type and resolution, the visualization software program being used, user inputs, calculation methodology and algorithms, map outputs, and development costs for each map.

Hazard Analyses of Glint and Glare from Concentrating Solar Power Plants

Because of the increased interest in deploying concentrating solar power systems, glint and glare from concentrating solar collectors and receivers is receiving increased attention as a potential hazard or distraction for motorists, pilots, and pedestrians. This paper provides a summary of previous analyses to evaluate glint and glare from concentrating solar power plants. In addition, a review of the physiology, optics, and damage mechanisms associated with ocular radiation is provided.

Community Solar Public Opinion Research Results (Seattle)

500 Seattle City Light customers were polled to determine interest in a community solar program, how people would participate and at what price levels. This is a presentation of the results.

Seattle, Washington
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Northeast U.S. Solar Policy: Sunny, With a Chance of...FIT?

Presentation delivered by Justin Barnes of the N.C. Solar Center during the 2009 Northeastern Solar Cities Conference Solar Energy Financing session.

Solar Energy Financing

Presentation delivered by NREL's Jason Coughlin during the 2009 Northeastern Solar Cities Conference Solar Energy Financing session.

Assessment of Wind/Solar Co-Located Generation in Texas

This study evaluates the opportunity to load co-located wind and solar generation capacity onto a constrained transmission system while engendering only minimal losses. It also quantifies the economic and energy opportunities and costs associated with pursuing this strategy in two Texas locations one in west Texas and the other in south Texas.

United States

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.

Economic Impacts of Extending Federal Solar Tax Credits

This report, prepared for the Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation, includes forecasts on the number of jobs resulting from an extension of the federal solar tax credit.


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