News & Events

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. 

Webinar: Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context

Event Date: 2/2/2017 11:00am

The EMP Group will host a webinar on February 2nd at 11:00 am (Pacific Time) to highlight key findings of its new study, Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context.

Webinar: Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings

Event Date: 1/26/2017 3:00pm

Register now for a free webinar on Thursday, January 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (Noon to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time), that will highlight key findings from Berkeley Lab's latest report titled Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings.

Webinar: New Study on Demand Charge Savings from Residential Solar

Event Date: 1/25/2017 9:00am

Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will host a webinar on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 to highlight findings from a new joint study, Exploring Demand Charge Savings from Residential Solar.

New Berkeley Lab Report Lays Out Pathways to Make Information on Solar Homes More Accessible

1/25/2017

There are now over one million homes in America with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Yet real estate listing services (known as multiple listing services or MLSs) lack a standard way to report on the solar features of a home when it is placed on the market.  Without this information, sellers may be losing out on value, and buyers may not know what they are getting, and real estate agents have a harder time bringing solar sellers and interested buyers together.

New solar data and a request for research topics

12/1/2016
  • We wish to announce the availability of a new public data resource, containing data records for more than 800,000 distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in the United States. In conjunction with the release of this public data file, we are also soliciting suggestions from the solar industry and policy community for research questions that might be explored with this dataset.   The public data file is based on data collected and cleaned by Berkeley Lab for its annual Tracking the Sun...

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