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. 

2008

2007

Bolinger, Mark, Ryan H Wiser, and Edwin Ing. "Exploring the Economic Value of EPAct 2005’s PV Tax Credits." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2007: 10.

2006

Barbose, Galen L, Ryan H Wiser, and Mark Bolinger. "Designing PV Incentive Programs to Promote Performance: A Review of Current Practice." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2006: 39. LBNL-61643.
Barbose, Galen L, Ryan H Wiser, and Mark Bolinger. U.S. Aims for Zero-Energy: Support for PV on New Homes. Berkeley: LBNL, 2006. LBNL-60054.
Wiser, Ryan H, and Mark Bolinger. "Federal Tax Incentives for PV Potential Implications for Program Design." California Public Utilities Commission San Francisco, California March 16, 2006 2006.

2005

Group, Electricity Markets an. "A Comparative Summary of State and Utility PV Buy Down Programs." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2005.

2003

Bolinger, Mark, and Ryan H Wiser. Learning by Doing: The Evolution of State Support for Photovoltaics. Berkeley: LBNL, 2003. LBNL-59238.

2002

Bolinger, Mark. "A Multi-Faceted Approach to Supporting PV in New York." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 7.
Bolinger, Mark. "A Targeted Approach to Support PV and Small Wind in Montana." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 6.
Milford, Lewis. "Massachusetts’ Solar-to-Market Initiative: Using a Collaborative Approach to Create PV Programs." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 5.
Bolinger, Mark, and Ryan H Wiser. "PV (and Small Wind) Pricing Programs that Link Supply with Demand." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 6.
Wiser, Ryan H. "Quality Assurance for Photovoltaic Systems." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 6.
Bolinger, Mark, and Ryan H Wiser. "Support for PV in Japan and Germany." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 6.
Bolinger, Mark, and Ryan H Wiser. "The Use of Capital- and Performance-Based Buy-Down Programs for PV in California, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 9.
Bolinger, Mark, Kevin Porter, and Ryan H Wiser. "Using Bulk Purchase Commitments to Foster Sustained Orderly Development and Commercialization of PV." Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy 2002: 8.
Bolinger, Mark, and Ryan H Wiser. Customer-Sited PV: A Survey of Clean Energy Fund Support. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-49668.
Bolinger, Mark, and Ryan H Wiser. Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Projects: A Survey of Clean Energy Fund Support. Berkeley: LBNL, 2002. LBNL-49667.

1997

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