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Resources for type "Reports"

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Reports Link (Video)

August 10, 2017 - by GW Solar Institute for CESA

Rooftop Solar Financing 101 (video)

This video introduces three common solar financing methods: loans, leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) and briefly explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Read more »

Project: Solar Consumer Protection, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports Link (Video)

August 10, 2017 - by GW Solar Institute for CESA

Choosing a Solar Installer (video)

This video offers advice for customers in selecting a solar contractor, questions that customers should ask a solar contractor, and information that should be included in a solar contractor’s bid. Read more »

Project: Solar Consumer Protection, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports Link (Video )

August 10, 2017 - by GW Solar Institute for CESA

Will Solar Panels Save You Money? (video)

This video discusses key questions homeowners should explore when assessing whether going solar makes financial sense, including how the cost of solar compares to savings from solar, how the federal tax credit works, and the extent to which a homeowner’s electricity bill can be offset by solar. Read more »

Project: Solar Consumer Protection, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports PDF (2.85 MB)

July 31, 2017 - by Todd Jones (CRS) for CESA

Two Markets, Overlapping Goals: Exploring the Intersection of RPS and Voluntary Markets for Renewable Energy in the U.S.

This paper explores interactions between RPS and voluntary markets for renewable energy in the U.S. and outlines principles for supporting continued growth of both markets. Read more »

Project: Renewable Portfolio Standards and the RPS Collaborative

Reports PDF (2.17 MB)

July 25, 2017 - by Samantha Donalds, CESA

Distributed Generation in State Renewable Portfolio Standards

In 2016-2017, CESA conducted a survey on how distributed generation is incorporated into state RPSs. CESA collected responses from all 30 states that currently have a mandatory RPS requirement. This report provides a summary of the results from that survey. Read more »

Project: Renewable Portfolio Standards and the RPS Collaborative

Reports pdf (907 KB)

July 20, 2017 - by Georgena Terry, CESA Research Associate

Summary of “Framework for Testing the Effectiveness of Bat and Eagle Impact-Reduction Strategies at Wind Energy Projects”

This is a summary of “Framework for Testing the Effectiveness of Bat and Eagle Impact-Reduction Strategies at Wind Energy Projects,” a 2016 report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This summary was prepared for the Northeast Wind Resource Center by the Clean Energy States Alliance. Read more »

Project: Northeast Wind Resource Center

Reports pdf (2.9 MB)

June 22, 2017 - by Edward A. Holt, Ed Holt & Associates

When Renewable Portfolio Standards Max Out

CESA has produced a report on what happens when state renewable portfolio standards reach their peak requirement. Read more »

Project: Renewable Portfolio Standards and the RPS Collaborative

Reports PDF (3.93 MB)

June 8, 2017 - by Diana Chace & Nate Hausman, CESA

Consumer Protection for Community Solar: A Guide for States

This guide discusses consumer protection issues that may arise in community solar projects for residential consumers, and the role states can play in ensuring appropriate consumer protections. Read more »

Project: Solar Consumer Protection, Sustainable Solar Education Project

Reports PDF (Link)

May 17, 2017 - by Seth Mullendore and Wayne Waite, Clean Energy Group

Solar Risk: How Energy Storage Can Preserve Solar Savings in California Affordable Housing

A new analysis finds that energy storage can effectively hedge against proposed changes to California’s solar policies and utility rates that could drastically reduce the value of solar. Read more »

Project: Low- and Moderate-Income Clean Energy, Resilient Power

Reports PDF (6.10 MB)

May 15, 2017 - by Bentham Paulos (PaulosAnalysis) for CESA

Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

This guide outlines the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides a detailed overview of strategies that policymakers and government agencies can use to encourage low-income solar adoption. Read more »

Project: Low- and Moderate-Income Clean Energy, Sustainable Solar Education Project