Thought Leadership

Research and Reports

 
California Solar Permitting Guidebook 2017

Guide to help improving permit review and approval for small solar systems.

  Feb, 2017
Online Experiment Findings: Message Effects on Energy Efficiency Choices among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Homeowners in California

This report presents results of online experiments conducted in fall 2016 to understand how various messages affect the likelihood of Hispanic and non-Hispanic homeowners to take action on home energy efficiency upgrades.

  Feb, 2017
Survey Findings: Attitudes and Experiences with Home Improvement Projects among Hispanics and non-Hispanics in Fresno and San Diego Counties

This report presents results of a survey conducted in summer 2016 to understand Hispanic and non-Hispanic homeowner perspectives about home improvement projects, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, hiring contractors, using financing and making major household decisions.

  Feb, 2017
Residential Solar Electric Bill Calculator

Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings was supported by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Solar Energy Technologies Office) of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and numerous contributors. It promotes a vision of solar advocates and real estate advocates evolving together to make information about solar homes more accessible to home buyers and sellers.

  Feb, 2017
Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings
  Feb, 2017
The Price-Concentration Relationship in Early Residential Solar Third-Party Markets

As the residential PV market continues to grow, it prompts new questions about the nature of competition between solar installers and how this competition, or lack thereof, affects the prices consumers pay. It is often assumed that more competition leads to lower prices, but this is not universally true.

  Feb, 2017
Characterizing California Electric Vehicle Consumer Segments - TRB Poster

Using data from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project’s Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey (2013-2015), this poster profiles two distinct electric vehicle market segments that may represent opportunities to expand sales into the mainstream: “rebate essentials” and “converts.” Characteristics examined include the transaction process, household information, demographics, motivations, and prior experience with EVs.

  Jan, 2017
CVRP Infographic: Plug-in Electric Vehicle Owners in California’s Disadvantaged Communities

The EV Consumer Survey reflects data from consumers who: purchased or leased their vehicles from September 2012 through May 2015, received a rebate and responded to the voluntary EV Consumer Survey. This infographic includes a summary of consumers living within California’s disadvantaged communities, as defined by the CalEnviroScreen, and their vehicles, primary motivations for PEV acquisition, workplace charging, and household demographics.

  Jan, 2017
Multifamily Solar Market Development Plan

A plan to promote and expand solar access to multifamily building tenants in California and beyond

  Dec, 2016
Home Energy Improvement Potential Map

Helping contractors, energy raters, real estate agents and local governments identify markets where Californians are most likely to engage in energy improvements.

  Dec, 2016