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Title: Using the Spatial Distribution of Installers to Define Solar Photovoltaic Markets

Solar PV market research to date has largely relied on arbitrary jurisdictional boundaries, such as counties, to study solar PV market dynamics. This paper seeks to improve solar PV market research by developing a methodology to define solar PV markets. The methodology is based on the spatial distribution of solar PV installers. An algorithm is developed and applied to a rich dataset of solar PV installations to study the outcomes of the installer-based market definitions. The installer-based approach exhibits several desirable properties. Specifically, the higher market granularity of the installer-based approach will allow future PV market research to study the relationship between market dynamics and pricing with more precision.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
  3. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
Country of Publication:
United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; 14 SOLAR ENERGY soft costs; solar soft costs; balance of system; solar balance of system; PV; market research; spatial distribution; PV installations