SOLAR2013 will capture the top trends in state and local initiatives to promote solar development, to streamline permitting and reduce “soft” costs of solar projects, and to implement innovative renewable energy financing mechanisms. As always, ASES will bring top researchers to the National Solar Conference with their analyses of how current policies have been working.
State budgets are strained and federal government support for solar programs is dwindling; the ASES conference will explore ways that solar can continue to be financed without subjecting the industry to roller coaster market conditions. Other themes include the impact of net metering policies, the challenges of grid integration, the burgeoning movement to develop community solar projects, and efforts to bring solar to a more diverse economic population. Here are the highlights: