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Research Assistant, Solar Energy Evolutions and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS)


Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications for one or two student research assistants.  These students will join and support a research initiative at CBEY entitled “Patterns and Value of Co-Adoption of Solar and Related Technologies.”  This research project is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Evolutions and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program. The research assistants will join a Yale research team led by Professor Ken Gillingham, in conjunction with project partners from New York University, the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Georgia State University, the Connecticut Green Bank, and SmartPower (a non-profit marketing firm).

This project is a data-driven analysis of the co-adoption of rooftop solar energy along with energy storage, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency. The project builds off the successful previous Yale SEEDS projects (links) that assessed the use of novel behavioral strategies and social interactions to accelerate the deployment of solar energy to both low-and-moderate income households and all households. This project involves both detailed analyses with detailed administrative data and waves of campaigns run as randomized field experiments focusing on coadoption. The campaigns will be followed by surveys to develop insight into the effectiveness of different approaches. Finally, the project will involve outreach and dissemination of the key findings to relevant stakeholders, highlighting the key conclusions on the most effective and cost-effective approaches for the deployment of solar energy and related technologies to all communities.

Position focus:

The main goal of the research position(s) will be to contribute to the analysis and dissemination of the research project findings. Work will include:

  • Managing, organizing, and analyzing data on the factors influencing solar adoption and adoption of related technologies in conjunction with the lead faculty investigators.
  • Project managing the coordination of work between the various project partners, facilitating and organizing regular communication (monthly calls and quarterly meetings) with representatives from the project partners.
  • Quarterly reporting on project progress and research results to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Write communications highlighting the key conclusions on the most effective approaches to deploy solar energy to LMI communities.  This can include, but is not limited to, white papers, blogs, and other potential publications.
  • (Spring semester) Conducting interviews of community members and installers to more deeply understand the nature of the residential solar and storage market in Connecticut.