Commercial PV Property Characterization: An Analysis of Solar Deployment Trends in Commercial Real Estate

Article originally published by Smart Energy International

The commercial rooftop solar energy market remains an under-developed sector.  The market is estimated to contain 150 gigawatts of potential in the U.S. but it faces significant barriers to deployment to meet that potential, with an estimated 1.4 GW developed through 2017. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (October, 2019) analyzed over 30,000 installed solar systems and the properties on which they are located.  The properties covered 20 states (including Wisconsin, representing 41% of commercial PV systems) and almost 30 different types including industrial, warehouse, school/university, office, retail, and municipal/government. The solar properties were compared to more than 2.4 million non-solar properties in the same geographies.

This webinar and its slides reviews the contents of the analyses focusing on which property and solar system characteristics are correlated with higher (or lower) levels of solar deployment and how they have changed over time.