The EMP Group’s in-depth analyses of the solar energy market in the United States target the potential benefits, costs, and barriers to solar power deployment. To keep stakeholders current on the state of the solar market, EMP produces two flagship solar energy publications annually: Tracking the Sun (TTS), which describes trends in the installed price of distributed photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States, and Utility-Scale Solar (USS), which describes cost, pricing, performance, and technology trends for utility-scale solar projects. EMP Group staff have also partnered with several universities to support student-led research projects that utilize the data assembled for these two annual reports.

The EMP Group supplements these reports with additional research projects on the following topics:

  • Solar energy economics, price trends, and benefits
  • Policies and regulations affecting the solar market
  • Public acceptance of solar power
  • Solar power finance
  • Solar power valuation and integration

This work is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. 

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