Solar

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. 

2012

Hoen, Ben, Ryan H Wiser, Mark A Thayer, and Peter Cappers. "Do PV systems increase residential selling prices? If so, how can practitioners estimate this increase?." 2012 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Austin, TX, USA: IEEE, 2012. 001774 - 001777.

2011

Mills, Andrew D, and Ryan H Wiser. "Implications of geographic diversity for short-term variability and predictability of solar power." 2011 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting. Detroit, MI, USA: IEEE, 2011. 1 - 9.

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2008

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.
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.
Bolinger, Mark. "Property Tax Assessments as a Finance Vehicle for Residential PV Installations: Opportunities and Potential Limitations." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2008: 10.

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