National Reports & Resources

Below is a compilation of reports and resources that have helped inform the focus areas of Solar Plus. We list topical reports followed by national lab resources for technical assistance.

Valuation

Workforce Economic Development

  • 2017 Solar Foundation Workforce Diversity Study is the first comprehensive research on diversity in the solar workforce, including the representation of women, minority groups, and veterans.
  • Solar Installation Labor Market Analysis, NREL Dec 2011. Through primary research on the U.S. solar installation employer base, this report details the evolving needs of solar employers and the economic opportunity associated with solar market development. Old enough to be of interest to historians.
  • Solar Jobs Census, The Solar Foundation. An annual assessment of solar industry employment at the national, state, and local levels. It is the most authoritative national benchmark for solar jobs research, and serves a critical role in understanding the impact of solar energy development in the United States.
  • Solar Energy Education and Training Best Practices: The Series, Interstate Renewable Energy Council. These documents enable instructors to enhance current solar curriculum while providing a roadmap for those who are considering adding solar to related trades curriculum. The series gives solar instructors the right tools for the job of training a highly skilled, globally competitive solar workforce.
  • Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models, NREL. The JEDI models are user-friendly tools that estimate the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation plants at the local and state levels. JEDI analyzes the impact of biofuels, coal, concentrating solar power, geothermal, marine and hydrokinetic power, natural gas, and photovoltaic power plants.

Access and Equity

Resources for Technical Assistance

  • Solar Technical Assistance for States. (STAT)  The STAT program offered through NREL provides direct technical assistance to state and local governments on matters that require solar market expertise and do-it-yourself online education on solar technologies, resources, and the role that state and local governments play in supporting the development of those resources.
  • LBNL, Electricity Markets & Policy Group (EMP Group). The LBNL EMP group offers technical assistance to states to analyze costs and benefits associated with Renewable Energy, including a focus on Grid Operations and Infrastructure Impacts.

Solar Soft Cost Reduction

In 2015, the Northwest Solar Communities initiative, supported by WA Department of Commerce and Spark Northwest, convened utilities and jurisdictions across Oregon and Washington to develop standardized tools to make the process of going solar simple, fast, and cost effective. The Northwest Solar Communities initiative worked under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sunshot InitiativeRooftop Solar Challenge program to reduce the “soft costs” associated with installing rooftop solar electricity. Find resources geared towards jurisdictions and utilities on: