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Residential solar: How should distributed generation be distributed?

Meredith Fowlie, associate professor, agricultural and resource economics | July 7, 2015

Growth in the residential solar market continues apace. In the United States, residential solar PV installations last quarter were up 11 percent over the previous quarter: The figure  illustrates this impressive growth rate (in dark blue). However, this is growth on a very small base. By my crude calculations, less than half a percent of … Continue reading »

Rate-design wars are the sound of utilities taking residential PV seriously

Severin Borenstein, professor of business | November 12, 2013

Imagine walking into your supermarket with a bag of zucchini from your garden and saying that you’d like to trade them straight up for an equal quantity of zucchini next month. The store manager would explain that they aren’t in the business of making wholesale purchases at such small scale, and that when they do … Continue reading »

Marketing solar, part two

Catherine Wolfram, faculty co-director, Energy Institute at Haas | March 28, 2013

Several weeks ago I blogged about a solar quote my family received. The quote suggested that we could spend $12,400 to save $39,500 on our future electricity bills. My post raised two issues about the quote, including that the savings summed over the next 25 years were not discounted and that the company was projecting … Continue reading »