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Consumer Guides

Homeowners Guide to Solar Financing- A Feb, 2015 comprehensive guide, provided by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy & U.S. Dept. of Energy, answers frequently asked questions about solar financing for homeowners.


Interstate Renewable Energy Council - Consumer Protection - Guides to Consumer Protection, updated in 2016

A Consumer Guide to Solar Electricity for the Home- A 16 page guide, provided by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, answers frequently asked questions about the benefits of solar electricity and system basics.

A Consumer's Guide: Heat Your Water with the Sun- A 20 page booklet, provided by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, to help you learn more about how the sun can help meet your home's heating needs.

The Solar Foundation's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood : Encouraging Solar Development through Community Association Policies and Processes" - This guide, written for association boards of directors and architectural review committees, discusses the advantages of solar energy and examines the elements of state solar rights provisions designed to protect homeowner access to these benefits. It then presents a number of recommendations associations can use to help bring solar to their communities.

NC Consumer's Guide to Buying a Solar Electric System
- A 20 page guide, developed by our friends at the North Carolina Solar Center, provides basic information to assist you in your decision to purchase a photovoltaic system.

Solar Finance

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Industry Data

April 2014 - What we know : the reality, risks and changes associated with Climate Change.

March 2013 - FREC Energy Infrastructure Update- For the first time, solar energy accounted for all new utility electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) March 2013 "Energy Infrastructure Update.” More than 44 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity was brought online from seven projects in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona, and North Carolina. All other energy sources combined added no new generation.

March 2013 - Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business

Georgia's Electricity Suppliers(pdf) - a map of Georgia's providers, with county boundries.

Improving System Load Factor(pdf)- Article in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of the North American Clean Energy magazine discussing system load factor's impact on renewable energy rates.

EIA- USShort Term Energy Outlook (Feb 13, 2013)- Excerpt from a publication by the EIA on the USShort Term Energy Outlook

Final 2012 "Top 10"SEPAUtility Scale Solar Rankings(pdf) - The Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) sixth annual Utility Solar Rankings report details the results of an annual survey sent to hundreds of utilities in the United States asking them about the solar electric installations in their service territories.

Solar Policies

Master Limited Partnerships :Can MLPs lower renewable electric project costs while increasing liquidity?- A May 2013 editorial written by GSEAMember Lee Peterson of CohnReznick

Georgia Power Sales Tax Lawsuit, March 29, 2013- The Georgia Court of Appeals dismissed individuals' refund claims against a utility company for over-collecting sales taxes because taxpayers are not authorized to bring a tax refund cause of action against a dealer under OCGA 48-2-35; however, the court held that the individuals may challenge the company's municipal franchise fee calculation.

DoDPEWReport :From the Barracks to the Battlefield - Clean Energy Innovation and America's Armed Forces.

April 4, 2013-"North Carolina Introduces SB590, The Military Good Neighbor Act"

"TN AG Opines on Constitutionality of Bill Amendment to Lower Property Values for Green Energy Production"(Part 1)(Part 2)- March, 2013

"Clean Energy Under Siege : Following the money trail behind the attack on renewable energy"- Sierra Club article.

PPALaws as of 03/01/2013 for selected states- List of selected PPArelated laws by state as of 03/01/2013.

Georgia State Energy Strategy- Developed by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), the Georgia Energy Report includes a detailed profile of energy generation and consumption, and information on initiatives and programs designed to help secure the state’s energy future.

Developing State Solar Photovoltaic Markets
(pdf) - Prepared by Vote Solar and Center for American Progress, this report provides an overview of state solar policy options and opportunities.

Freeing the Grid 2012: Best and Worst Practices in Net Metering and Interconnection Standards
- We work with IREC and NNEC to produce this annual report card on each state’s net metering and interconnection practices. See if your state makes the grade.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012(pdf) -Analysis by CohnReznick of the 2012 bill and what it means for renewable energy.

Why Advocacy Matters(pdf) - Article from the Southface Journal of Sustainable Building about the merits of solar advocacy.

Solar Trends: Price & Growth

U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011
(pdf) - SEIA and GTM Research showed that the U.S. is a significant net exporter of solar energy products with total net exports of $1.9 billion in 2010.

Tracking the Sun IV: The Installed Costs of PV in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011
- Berkeley National Lab research shows that the cost of going solar is coming down, thanks in part to smart solar policies.

Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis
(pdf)- Lazard compares the costs of various energy generation resources including solar, wind, natural gas, nuclear and coal.

States of Solar(pdf) - Article from the The Southface Journal of Sustainable Building contrasting the Southeast with Germany's solar energy output.

5 Breakthroughs that will make Solar Power Cheaper than Coal (pdf)

What Would Jefferson Do(pdf) - "The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America's Energy Future"

Solar Jobs

Solar Foundation :2013 State Solar Jobs- An Interactive Map

2011 Solar Job Census- The Solar Foundation’s national census found hiring in the solar workforce is on the rise. More than 100,000 Americans are now employed in the solar industry.

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