Type of Thesis
The energy landscape is rapidly changing with the emergence of cost-competitive renewable energy technologies and incentives for their adoption. Distributed solar energy incentives in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boulder have had significant impacts on the solar capacity of the cities. By analyzing their cost-effectiveness (kW installed per incentive dollar received), it is evident that the Los Angeles Solar Incentive Program and GoSolarSF program have successfully increased the adoption of distributed solar systems while decreasing the incentive money given to applicants. I find that the cost-effectiveness of the LA SIP and GoSolarSF program have increased over the past decade. The Boulder Solar Grant program cost-effectiveness has remained relatively constant. I attribute the increase in cost-effectiveness in the Los Angeles Solar Incentive Program and GoSolarSF program to the decreasing cost of installed solar panels and increased efficiency of multi-crystalline silicon modules. By running linear regressions, it is evident that the cost-effectiveness of the LA SIP and GoSolarSF program are strongly correlated with these variables.
Reca, Scott, "Here Comes the Sun: an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of incentive programs for distributed solar systems in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boulder, CO" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1834.