News & Events

New Berkeley Lab report on solar-adopter income trends

3/4/2020

A new report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory highlights income trends among residential rooftop solar adopters.

Latest Grid Data Book Reveals Key Trends in Renewable Integration

3/2/2020

Biennial Data Compilation Identifies Changes in Markets and Power System Operations as Renewables Are Integrated onto the Grid

The share of variable renewable energy (VRE)—mainly solar and wind—generation on U.S. regional power systems more than doubled on average from 2012 to 2018, according to the newly released 2018 Renewable Energy Grid Integration Data Book.

Berkeley Lab’s “Utility-Scale Solar” report sees continued growth and falling costs for big solar

12/18/2019

We are pleased to release the 2019 edition of Berkeley Lab’s Utility-Scale Solar report, which presents analysis of empirical project-level data from the U.S. fleet of ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) projects with capacities exceeding 5 MWAC.

Distributed Solar Prices Continue to Fall as Systems Become Larger and More Efficient

11/5/2019

The latest edition of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s annual Tracking the Sun report finds that prices for distributed solar power systems continued to fall in 2018, that industry practices continue to evolve, and that systems are getting bigger and more efficient.

New report develops simple methods to explore the resource adequacy contribution of solar and storage

10/29/2019

Resource adequacy contribution of solar and storage depends on the configuration

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new report titled “Drivers of the Resource Adequacy Contribution of Solar and Storage for Florida Municipal Utilities.” This report describes relatively simple methods for estimating the resource adequacy contribution of solar and storage. Simple methods can be useful for many utilities and regions addressing similar questions prior to evaluation of specific cases that require more detailed and resource-intensive modeling.

New report finds attractive wind energy prices, at under 2¢/kWh on average

8/12/2019

Annual DOE Report Finds that Wind Energy Is Being Sold at Record-Low Prices

We are pleased to announce the release of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s “2018 Wind Technologies Market Report,” which provides an annual overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market.

Student capstone papers yield new insights into solar market dynamics

10/10/2018

Summary of UT Austin Student Capstone Projects

We are pleased to release a summary of the key findings from seven different papers completed by teams of University of Texas (UT) at Austin students, each of which explored a different aspect of the solar market.

Berkeley Lab’s “Tracking the Sun” describes the latest distributed PV pricing trends

9/19/2018

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest edition of Berkeley Lab’s annual Tracking the Sun report. The report describes installed prices and other trends among distributed photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States, based on an underlying dataset of more than 1.3 million PV systems (with transaction prices for 770,000 systems). This latest edition focuses primarily on trends through year-end 2017, with preliminary data for the first half of 2018.

Berkeley Lab’s “Utility-Scale Solar” documents an expanding U.S. market

Event Date: 9/20/2018 10:00am

We are pleased to release the 2018 edition of Berkeley Lab’s Utility-Scale Solar report, which presents analysis of empirical project-level data from the U.S. fleet of ground-mounted solar projects with capacities exceeding 5 MW-AC.

New National Lab Study Quantifies the Value of Improving Distributed Solar Adoption Forecasts

5/15/2018

We are pleased to announce a new study conducted jointly by Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), entitled Estimating the Value of Improved Distributed Photovoltaic Adoption Forecasts for Utility Resource Planning. A free webinar will also be held on May 24 at 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern.

New Berkeley Lab Study Offers Insights into Income Trends of Residential Solar Adopters

4/12/2018

We are pleased to announce a new Berkeley Lab report, Income Trends of Residential PV Adopters: An analysis of household-level income estimates. The study relies on a unique combination of datasets to describe income characteristics and trends among roughly 800,000 residential rooftop solar adopters located across 13 U.S. states. It is the most-comprehensive analysis of this type to-date, and one of few to utilize household-level income estimates.

New study estimates impacts of a novel private financing approach on solar adoption for California homes

4/4/2018

A new study by Berkeley Lab found that residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (R-PACE) programs increased deployment of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in California, raising it by about 7-12% in cities that adopt these programs.

New National Lab Study Shows Synergies of Solar + Storage for Managing Demand Charges

Event Date: 11/8/2017 9:00am

We are pleased to announce a new report, Solar + Storage Synergies for Managing Commercial-Customer Demand Charges, by researchers from Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Berkeley Lab Releases Tracking the Sun 10

9/25/2017

We are pleased to announce the 10th edition of Berkeley Lab's annual Tracking the Sun report.

Webinar-Berkeley Lab's "Utility-Scale Solar 2016" finds solar power increasingly competitive

Event Date: 10/11/2017 10:00am

We are pleased to announce the release of Berkeley Lab's Utility-Scale Solar 2016, which presents analysis of empirical project-level data from the U.S.

Come see Berkeley Lab and DOE at Solar Power International

8/30/2017

Going to the Solar Power International (SPI) conference this year? So are we, supported by the DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Office.

New journal article in Nature Energy estimates $88 billion in historical health and environmental benefits of wind and solar energy

8/14/2017

We are pleased to announce a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Energy, focused on the benefits of wind and solar energy in reducing air pollution emissions.

Webinar: New Study on Demand Charges Savings from Commercial Solar

Event Date: 8/16/2017 9:00am

We are pleased to announce the release of a new study, Exploring Demand Charge Savings from Commercial Solar, by Berkeley Lab and t

Berkeley Lab Report Says Solar Homes with Leased Systems Sell for the Same as Non-Solar Homes

3/14/2017

There are over 500,000 homes in America with solar power systems that are owned by a third party, the largest portion of which are leased to homeowners.  To-date it has been unclear how the real estate market values these systems. 

A new study finds that when such homes are sold, they don't attract a premium over homes without solar power, but nor do they sell for less. 

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