1. ISYE/PUBP 6701 Project: U.S. Solar Roadmap 2015-2025


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    Team project from Georgia Tech to explore the future solar energy roadmap for United States 2015-2025. Abstract: Solar energy is currently underutilized in the United States. The goal of this project is to define a 5-year roadmap to stimulate solar energy growth by analyzing its three aspects: technology, economy and policy. The project will first discuss photovoltaic (PV) technology development, performance, efficiency, manufacturing challenges, market and technical barriers to characterize PV technology learning curve. To capture the coincident peak-load/peak-PV benefits, distribution system markets will be investigated to assess the impact of solar pricing. The spatial-temporal benefits analysis for the structuring market will lead to a more accurate valuation of solar generation. PV pricing trends, efficiencies of competing renewable technologies and non-renewable alternatives are then analyzed to project how R&D will affect pricing. This pricing model, together with the technology learning curve will help to design the subsidy policies for solar power to compete in energy production. The derived policy will be compared with the current U.S. policy and other OECD/non-OECD countries. The solar policies for different states, such as RPS, will also be examined. Besides energy production, another way to promote solar energy adoption is to incorporate PV systems into green buildings. This project will evaluate the feasibility to add on/off-grid solar capability to existing and new structures based on residential and commercial pricing including installation, operation and maintenance costs. Finally, the environmental and public health impacts of utilizing PV panels will be evaluated with life-cycle assessment and health hazard analysis respectively.

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    • Vote Solar & CPF Webinar III: Southwest Policy Update


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      This is the third installment in Vote Solar and Clean Power Finance's regional solar policy webinar trilogy. Vote Solar's Adam Browning and Annie Carmichael tag team to bring you insights from the solar powerhouses of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

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      • Vote Solar & CPF Webinar II: Midwest Policy Update


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        Hosted by Clean Power Finance, this webinar featured Vote Solar's Claudia Eyzaguirre discussing the midwestern solar policy landscape. Thanks to new renewable energy targets, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan are poised for tremendous solar growth. Listen in as Claudia explores the opportunities and remaining policy hurdles facing these emerging solar markets.

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        • Vote Solar & CPF Webinar I: East Coast Policy Update


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          Hosted by Clean Power Finance, Vote Solar's Director of East Coast Campaigns Shaun Chapman discusses the latest policy developments from the coast where the sun rises first. In this webinar, Shaun provides an overview of the regional policy landscape and dives deep into developments in CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OA and VT.

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          • My Sunny Valentine


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            This Valentine's Day we're showing solar some love with help from Maroon 5 and other Vote Solar friends. Are you looking for YOUR sol-mate? Watch our video personal ads to see why solar energy is everyone's perfect match. There are plenty of reasons to love solar energy. Solar creates jobs. It increases energy independence. It offers hope in the fight against climate change. Talk about a friend with benefits. Let your policymakers know you love solar energy. www.votesolar.org/take-action

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