Clean Energy Innovation and Policy

Recent Projects:

SolSmart Program Evaluation (2020-2021)

This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office under Award Number via a subcontract with The Solar Foundation. Collaboration with Missouri S&T, U Miami, & UT Austin.

Total Award: $145,000.

SolSmart is a national designation and technical assistance program that aims to help local governments make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. This project is a third-party evaluation of the impacts of SolSmart. Using mixed methods, we find that SolSmart has real and perceived tangible impacts on solar adoption in designated communities. <Learn More>

Community Partners:


  1. Lee, H. (2022). Collaborative governance platforms and outcomes: An analysis of Clean Cities coalitions. Governance.
  2. Gao, X., Canfield, C., Tang, T., Hill, H., Higman, M., & Cornwell, J. (2022). Encouraging Voluntary Government Action via a Solar-Friendly Designation Program to Promote Solar Energy in the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(11).