We advance fundamental research in nuclear and particle physics to gain a deeper understanding of matter, energy, space, and time; apply photon sciences and nanomaterials research to energy challenges of critical importance to the nation; and perform cross-disciplinary research on climate change, sustainable energy, and Earth’s ecosystems.
As the central and chief policy-making body for the District of Columbia, the Council’s mission is to provide strong, innovative and effective leadership for the benefit of residents across the city. The Council’s central role as a legislative body is to make laws. However, its responsibilities also include oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other instruments of District government.
The Delaware General Assembly is the legislature of the U.S. state of Delaware. It is a bicameral legislature composed of the Delaware Senate with 21 Senators and the Delaware House of Representatives with 41 Representatives.
The General Assembly is Maryland's legislative body and directly represents the electorate. The state has 47 districts represented by 47 Senators and 141 Delegates.
The Virginia General Assembly is the legislative body of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World, established on July 30, 1619. The General Assembly is a bicameral body consisting of a lower house, the Virginia House of Delegates, with 100 members, and an upper house, the Senate of Virginia, with 40 members. Combined together, the General Assembly consists of 140 elected representatives from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth.
The GW Solar Institute identifies, creates, and shares pragmatic solutions to the public policy barriers preventing the adoption and scale of solar energy.
The Maryland, DC, and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) has recently
received numerous inquiries from Virginia HOAs asking us to assist with the writing of solar
installation guidelines for their covenants. We have also had requests for assistance from
individual home owners whose HOAs were prohibiting their proposed solar arrays. This
document is intended to provide MDV-SEIA’s position on the matter, assist HOAs with
compliance with the law, and provide general guidelines for what could be considered
reasonable restrictions for solar array installations.
A product of good public policy and market growth, Maryland currently supports 165 solar energy companies and employs 5,429 solar workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average compensation for solar installers is $18.87 per hour. In 2016, Maryland added 1,160 new solar jobs, a 27% increase from the previous year.
Beyond creating jobs and uplifting the local economy, investing in solar demonstrates a community’s commitment to sustainability and presents the opportunity for savings. Solar can also protect communities from rising energy costs and provides an opportunity for homeowners to boost their property values. Businesses can lock in low electricity prices for decades by investing in a solar array.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.
ORNL also performs other work for the Department of Energy, including isotope production, information management, and technical program management, and provides research and technical assistance to other organizations. The laboratory is a program of DOE's Oak Ridge Field Office.
On June 19, the process of soliciting input regarding Virginia solar programs and policies began with a public
meeting held at Virginia Commonwealth University. More than 80 members of the public participated in that
conversation. They, and others, were invited to participate in subsequent subgroup meetings which took place
leading up to a public session to be held October 30, 2017 in the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond. Based on
conversations within those groups, the topics for conversation on October, 30 will cover the areas described in
this document. It should not be construed that consensus has been reached or that any of these areas are
final recommendations of the Rubin Solar Collaborative Workgroup. Each of these topic areas are provided in
advance for discussion purposes only.
For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.
Sandia National Laboratories is operated and managed by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Sandia Corporation operates Sandia National Laboratories as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and supports numerous federal, state, and local government agencies, companies, and organizations.
As a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), Sandia may perform work for industry responding to certain types of federal government solicitations. The solicitation must allow FFRDC participation and meet the requirements of Sandia's management and operating contract with DOE/NNSA.
A strong science, technology, and engineering foundation enables Sandia's mission through a capable research staff working at the forefront of innovation, collaborative research with universities and companies, and discretionary research projects with significant potential impact.
As the national trade association in the U.S., the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the power behind solar energy. Our member companies research, manufacture, distribute, finance, and build solar projects domestically and abroad.
The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation's leading association of solar professionals & advocates. Our mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. We advance education, research and policy. ASES is the U.S. section of the International Solar Energy Society.
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From fundamental science and energy analysis to validating new products for the commercial market, NREL researchers are dedicated to transforming the way the world uses energy.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the “gold standard” for PV and Solar Heating Installation and PV Technical Sales Certification. Raising industry standards and promoting consumer confidence, NABCEP offers certification and certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.
The NABCEP is the most respected, well-established, and widely recognized certification organization for North American solar professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP was founded with the mission to support and work with the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing certification programs for practitioners.
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) helps utilities make smart solar decisions. We provide unbiased market intelligence, up-to-date information about technology and business models, and valuable peer-to-peer interaction. Energy portfolios that integrate solar power benefit all—the utility, its customers, and the public good.
The Solar Foundation is an independent national 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to demonstrate the global benefits of solar energy through research and education. Founded in 1977 and based in Washington, DC, we are increasing the widespread adoption of solar energy and transforming the marketplace through our coordinated public education & outreach efforts, high-level data collection, and innovative research.
Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Since 2002, Vote Solar has engaged in state, local and federal advocacy campaigns to remove regulatory barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale.
The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
UnderstandSolar.com is dedicated to providing accurate, useful information about residential solar power.
We believe that one of the greatest obstacles to the adoption of solar is lack of awareness.
As solar power reaches grid parity in the United States–the point at solar energy becomes as cheap or cheaper than power from other sources–the only thing standing in the way of full-scale adoption will be knowing what the options are.
Our goal is to help bridge the gap for homeowners with information, news, and how-to’s on going solar. We hope you find the site useful.