Cost, Benefit and Market Analysis

Renewable power generation is growing rapidly, but each technology exhibits unique cost and performance profiles, and provides different benefits. The EMP Group:

  • Analyzes current and future markets for, and the economics of, renewable energy, especially wind and solar, including technology developments, cost, performance, and comparative economics
  • Synthesizes foundational data, and produces annual “state-of-the-market” reports and data products for wind power (Wind Technologies Market Report), utility-scale solar (Utility-Scale Solar), and distributed photovoltaics (Tracking the Sun
  • Analyzes income and other demographic trends among solar adopters, including low-to-moderate income households
  • Collaborates with the U.S. Geological Survey and the American Wind Energy Association to produce the U.S. Wind Turbine Database
  • Analyzes the impact of financing structures on the economics of renewable energy projects
  • Evaluates the role of renewable energy in alleviating or exacerbating environmental impacts
  • Partners with several universities to support student-led research projects on solar markets
  • Provides technical assistance to diverse stakeholders on costs, benefits and markets



Bolinger, Mark, and Ryan H Wiser. Understanding Trends in Wind Turbine Prices Over the Past Decade. Berkeley: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-5119E.
Brown, Jason P, Ben Hoen, Eric Lantz, John Pender, and Ryan H Wiser. "Economic Impacts of Wind Turbine Development in U.S. Counties." Poster Presented at the AAEA & NAREA Joint Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA 2011: 1. LBNL-5027E.
Bolinger, Mark. Community Wind: Once Again Pushing the Envelope of Project Finance. Berkeley: LBNL, 2011. LBNL-4193E.



Bolinger, Mark. Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects: Options and Implications. Berkeley: LBNL, 2009. LBNL-1410E.


Bolinger, Mark, Galen L Barbose, and Ryan H Wiser. "Shaking Up the Residential PV Market: Implications of Recent Changes to the ITC." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2008: 12.
Wiser, Ryan H, and Mark Bolinger. 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report. Berkeley: LBNL, 2008.