Rooftop Solar

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Abundant, Affordable, Climate-Friendly Homes: What Part 1 of the National Definition of a Zero Emissions…

This week, the US Department of Energy (DOE) finalized Part 1 of a national definition of a zero emissions building, focused on operational carbon emissions. The long-anticipated definition includes three key criteria: energy efficiency, no on-site emissions, and all-clean power sources. Buildings following the definition will improve peoples’ health and safety … [continued]

Staff from NREL and GRID Alternatives Colorado install rooftop solar panels during a volunteer event. Residential solar PV installations like these can benefit from NREL’s free SolarAPP+ automated permitting software. Photo by Joe DelNero, NREL.

SolarAPP+ Has Cut 150,000 Business Days of Solar Permitting Process

15,400 Hours of Staff Time Saved and Projects Installed 14 Days Sooner With Automated Solar Permitting Platform Across the United States, rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations continue to grow, with over 671,000 installs in 2022—and final numbers are expected to be even higher in 2023. Local governments must permit each installation, checking … [continued]

Illustration of an energy-efficient secondary glazing system being installed in a commercial building with minimal disruption Graphic by Al Hicks, NREL

U.S. Department of Energy Announces National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building

New Definition Will Help Nation Achieve President Biden’s Clean Energy and Climate Goals While Lowering Energy Costs, Cutting Air Pollution, and Creating Good-Paying Jobs WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced a National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building to advance public and private sector efforts … [continued]

Aurora Solar Announces Whole Home Energy Management: Expanding Beyond Solar to Address Homeowners’ Electrification &…

Aurora Solar powers the energy revolution with proposals for whole home electrification, energy efficiency, and solar-plus-storage proposals. SAN FRANCISCO — Aurora Solar, the leading platform for solar sales and design, today unveiled new tools designed from the ground up to empower solar professionals to estimate a homeowner’s holistic electrification and energy … [continued]

Midjourney-generated image of energy flows around the globe.

5G & Microgrids Might Be a Great Match

NREL Explores Setup and Security of 5G for Microgrids With a 5G Sandbox Whether it is coincidence or careful planning, the infrastructures of both power systems and telecommunications are heading in a similar direction: toward the edge. Solar panels on a roof are like 5G towers in a neighborhood—in both … [continued]