The Solar Foundation (TSF), under the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, is in the process of contracting with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop a modified version of the Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Solar PV model. The JEDI models are free, user-friendly tools that estimate the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation plants at the local and state level. These models have been used to estimate the economic impacts of renewable energy deployment in several dozen government and academic reports and by a number of other renewable energy researchers and advocates.
Currently, these models provide state-level impacts by default and require users to develop economic impact multipliers (often with substantial effort and at great expense) and input these into the model manually in order to estimate county-level impacts. Recognizing this issue, our team proposes to undertake the task of developing multipliers for all counties in the United States and incorporating these into the model by default, allowing policy makers, researchers, and advocates to quickly and easily estimate the impacts of solar deployment at the county level.
In order to better understand the demand and potential use for a modified JEDI model, we have created the short survey below. If you can spare 60 seconds, our team would be very interested to hear your thoughts on the modified model.