Laurel Passera's Blog Posts

- March 14, 2014

Meet Solar’s Imaginary Friend, Reactive Power

Utilities deliver both active (or real) power and reactive (or imaginary) power along their distribution lines. Real power does the actual work when you flip on a light switch.  Certain...

- February 14, 2014

Solar, Will You Marry Me? (For a Contract Period of 20 Years)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) released an extensive proposal for a value of solar (VOS) methodology, as required by 2013 legislation....

- February 05, 2014

Shared Solar Financing Goes Local

The sizable up-front cost of solar has long been a challenging hurdle.  So has rooftop siting — roofs are often shaded, in the wrong orientation, not owned by the people who live there,...

- January 15, 2014

IREC’s Top 10 List: Solar Accomplishments of 2013

The turn of the calendar year is always a good time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments so we can gauge how far we’ve come (and where we’re headed). Despite a few setbacks...

- January 09, 2014

Location, Location, Location: How Much Does It Matter for Shared Solar Participants?

Across the country, shared solar programs and facilities are creating pathways for new groups of customers to participate in local solar generation. But just how much does that “local”...

- December 11, 2013

Improved Interconnection Procedures: coming soon to a state near you?

They say history repeats itself.  This rang true last month when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) updated the federal interconnection standards. It was back in 2005 when...

- November 14, 2013

Does Your State Have the Right Stuff to Build a Clean Energy Economy?

To help you answer this question, last month, IREC, along with the Vote Solar Initiative, released our annual Freeing the Grid report card for state net energy metering (NEM) and interconnection...

- October 14, 2013

Distributed Solar Math 101

In almost every math class I ever took, the teacher always stressed the importance of defining the variables of the problem.  “Without knowing what your variables are, how do you know...

- September 13, 2013

How to Initiate Solar Permitting Reform in Four Easy Steps

Solar permitting is but one small, easily overlooked piece of the solar installation process. However, because we have upwards of 25,000 local jurisdictions in the country, there are...

- August 15, 2013

Opening the Roof for Affordable Solar

The high upfront cost of solar has always been a barrier to participation for many who would otherwise welcome the chance to green their energy supply.  So has a lack of roof ownership...

Laurel Passera

Laurel Passera

Laurel is a Senior Renewables Analyst for Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, attorneys for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC). In that role, Laurel engages in research and analysis of net metering and interconnection regulatory...

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