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Pilot Study to Examine NEM-V Tariff Barriers

A pilot study was launched in September as part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways (SMP) project to help boost participation in California’s general market virtual net metering (NEM-V) tariff. NEM-V allows multitenant building owners to install one common solar photovoltaic (PV) system that benefits tenant loads with direct on-bill savings.

Are Host-Owned Solar Homes Worth More?

A publication released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in November reports that a team of seven appraisers across six states found single-family home buyers willing to pay a premium of approximately $3.50 per installed watt for homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The study confirms a large-scale statistical analysis conducted by the Berkeley Lab in 2013 that showed similar premium evaluations.

New Features Enhance BEopt Modeling Tool

In October, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a new version of the widely used Building Energy Optimization (BEopt) software tool that identifies the best energy efficient designs for new and existing homes at the lowest possible cost. BEopt version 2.5 now has capabilities for analyzing multifamily buildings and features a variety of improvements for modeling both multifamily buildings and single-family home designs.

GRID Alternatives Hosts Solar Job Fair

In addition to ensuring California’s low-income families have access to solar power, a key goal of the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program is providing training opportunities to job seekers. SASH program manager GRID Alternatives is taking that goal one step further by hosting job fairs as part of its SunEdison-sponsored RISE initiative to connect trainees to jobs in the industry.

SASH & DOE Partnership Brings Solar to Tribe

Rosalie Fimbres excitedly cut the ribbon on her new solar electric system, the first of 22 to be installed for the Bishop Paiute Tribe thanks to a pairing of the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program and a U.S. Department of Energy grant. This new round of solar installations adds to more than 50 systems already installed for the tribe through SASH, bringing energy cost savings and hands-on job training opportunities as well as helping to fulfill the tribe’s long-term vision of sustainability.

Is PV + EV Right for Me?

A new online tool helps Californians in the state’s three major investor-owned utility service territories to understand the benefits of combining an electric vehicle (EV) purchase with a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation.

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