Solar installers, utilities, non-profit groups, and policymakers are charged with creating on-the-ground solar programs. A new set of tools, developed by social scientists and strengthened with the availability of data with astounding depth and breadth, can now be applied to make energy programs better: more effective, flexible, and affordable. Data-driven, low-cost, real-time embedded evaluation is solving some of the nation’s largest energy challenges, from changing consumer behavior to ramping up adoption of new technology.
Crowdsourcing, hackathons and local business accelerators are creating unprecedented opportunities for a new generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs who rapidly create transformative economic change and social impact. The federal government has taken notice of growing market mechanisms that are shaping the next waves of innovation and sought to unleash the potential of social entrepreneurs with prizes, challenges, and open data.
The U.S. solar industry is soaring – deployment has increased tenfold in six years. But despite this growth, low cost solar financing remains a major market barrier to rapid deployment. The structural foundations for solar financing are now advancing rapidly, as the SunShot Initiative works to convene and cultivate progress within the solar industry. Moderated by solar securitization expert Michael Mendelsohn from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this panel discussion will explore U.S.
The solar energy industry has been one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. over the last five years. In 2013, a solar project was installed every four minutes in America. This unprecedented deployment growth has been driven, in part, by incentive-based financial innovation; namely, third-party power purchase agreements.