A summary of the key findings from seven different papers completed by teams of University of Texas (UT) at Austin students has been released,. Each explores a different aspect of the solar market.
Each paper was completed as part of UT Austin’s ‘Policy Research Project’, a nine-month capstone within UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. Twenty graduate students participated in the project, with each paper guided by Dr. Varun Rai and his team. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other partners provided access to datasets and supported students doing their research.
The seven student projects addressed the following topics, respectively: (1) low- and middle-income PV adoption, (2) modeling economic and information intervention design, (3) evaluation of DOE’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, (4) property value impacts near large-scale solar facilities, (5) solar market maturity and evolution of business models, (6) social media data for predicting PV adoption, and (7) individual-level variation in adoption of innovations. Many of the papers relied on data collected and curated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
A subset of the key findings from these papers are as follows:
The summary brief that highlights key results from each of the papers can be found at: https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/diffusion-innovations-interplay
The underlying student papers have are available at: