SolarPermit.org – SolarPermit.org hosts the National Solar Permitting Database, a free, online database of solar permitting requirements of cities and counties.
SolarRoadmap.com – The Solar Roadmap organizes national best practices and makes them easily accessible for government agencies, regional organizations, residents, businesses and electric utilities in an interactive platform.
Let’s Go Solar – This comprehensive resource website contains state-by-state scorecards on what incentives, rebates and tax credits are available.
Non-Profits and Advocacy Web Links:
Solar Action Alliance – The Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun.
Nifty Homestead – Nifty Homestead was founded to help aspiring and expert homesteaders learn and grow. We post resources on gardening, raising animals, natural building, sustainable energy, and tons of other topics related to homestead living.
International Solar Organizations Web Links
International Energy Agency – IEA is an autonomous organization which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond.
European Photovoltaic Industry Association – EPIA represents members active along the whole solar PV value chain: from silicon, cells and module production to systems development and PV electricity generation as well as marketing and sales.
Solar Installation Codes, Standards & Certification Web Links
Solar America Board for Codes and Standards – Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Solar ABCs is a collaborative effort among experts to formally gather and prioritize input from the broad spectrum of solar photovoltaic stakeholders including policy makers, manufacturers, installers, and consumers resulting in coordinated recommendations to codes and standards making bodies for existing and new solar technologies.
U.S. Department of Energy – SunShot Initiative – The SunShot Initiative works to drive innovation in the deployment and integration of large-scale solar energy systems by supporting the efforts of private companies, academia, and national laboratories working to decrease the total costs of solar energy systems by 75% before the end of the decade.
U.S. Department of Energy – Solar Energy Technologies Program – The Solar Program conducts research and development on photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) energy technologies to reduce manufacturing costs, improve system performance, and find new ways to generate and store energy captured from the sun.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – The EPA conducts research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection, including through efforts to facilitate the use of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.
U.S. Department of the Treasury – 1603 Grant Program – The Department of the Treasury manages the application process and public data sharing for the 1603 Grant Program which converts the 30% Investment Tax Credit into a cash payment for qualifying energy property.
Government Laboratories Web Links
National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL’s centers for scientific and technological excellence support the research and development efforts of the U.S. Department of Energy, including significant photovoltaic and solar thermal research.
Sandia National Laboratory – A Federally Funded Research and Development Center, Sandia operates laboratories in New Mexico and California that support a range of scientific activities for the U.S. government, including significant work in various solar energy technologies.
Brookhaven National Laboratory – In operation for over 60 years on Long Island, New York, Brookhaven is a multi-program national laboratory performing critical research on the deployment, grid integration, and life-cycle assessment of renewable energy technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Originally established to support the Manhattan Project, Oak Ridge is a multi-program science and technology laboratory in Tennessee performing focused research on critical photovoltaic manufacturing processes for the U.S. Department of Energy
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – The oldest of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, Berkeley Lab in California conducts research across a wide range of scientific disciplines, including nanoscale photovoltaic and electro-chemical solar energy, as well as economic and policy analysis.
Argonne National Laboratory – One of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest national laboratories, Argonne, located outside of Chicago, researches a range of scientific and technical challenges, including solar technology improvements and integration of renewables into the electric power grid.
Solar Market Research & Consulting Web Links:
Bloomberg New Energy Finance – BNEF provides analysis, data, and news on emerging energy markets – including renewable energy, carbon markets, energy smart technologies, carbon capture and storage, renewable energy certificate markets and nuclear.
Greentech Media – Greentech Media (GTM) is devoted to covering emerging green and clean technologies, including industry-leading solar analysis and commentary.
Solarbuzz – Solarbuzz provides reporting and forecasting on the solar industry supply chain.
iSuppli – iSuppli offers market research focused on the electronics value chain, including solar, providing insight on the competitive landscape, long-term market forecasts, manufacturing costs, and detailed spending analysis.
ENF Solar – ENF Solar provides detailed profiles on solar ingot, wafer, cell and panel manufacturers; tracking data such as production, equipment, materials and key contacts. They also cover manufacturers’ cell and panel prices.
Renewable Energy World – REW provides renewable energy news as well as robust online community sharing industry events, jobs, and blogs.
IMS Research – IMS Research provides market analysis across the photovoltaic supply chain ranging from polysilicon supply to PV modules, inverters and PV system integrators.
IHS Emerging Energy Research – IHS offers business intelligence, market analysis, strategic insight and design/engineering references for wind, solar, renewable and clean energy projects.
ClearSky Advisors – ClearSky Advisors’ renewable energy research covers market entry and launch strategies, policy and regulation, business strategy evaluation, strategic marketing, technology innovation, and industry best practices.
Photon Consulting – PHOTON Consulting is a research and consultancy firm focused on the global photovoltaic market within the solar power sector.
Power Engineering – PE provides detailed news on the power generation industry for many kinds of energy sources, such as, Solar, Natural Gas, and Nuclear to name a few. They also provide extensive lists of industry events, jobs, and hundreds of archived magazine issues
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