A county-level analysis of residential solar adoption in the United States
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This thesis set out to achieve two major objectives, with a third objective added at the end. The first was the update and analysis of the zero-inflated negative binomial (ZINB) model used by Zahran et al. (2008) in regards to its validity and robustness as a predictor of the count of solar using households in a county. The second objective was to use the model to provide an empirical measure of the effect financial and regulatory incentives have on the count of solar using households. The final objective was to explore and explain an unexpected decrease in the count of solar using households. ...