Yinong Sun

Yinong  Sun
Energy Analyst/Power System Modeler at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Management, 2016
Yinong Sun holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University (2016). She is currently working at the National Renewable Energy Lab conducting energy and power system modeling. She is passionate about mitigating climate change through renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency measure developments. She has strong background in energy and climate modeling, and has a wide interest in energy-climate intersection and clean energy finance. Previously, she interned at World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Finance Group, exploring the developments of international green banks.
 
Prior to Yale, Yinong graduated from Peking University with an undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Science at School of Physics, and a double degree in Art History. She also has a LEED Green Associate Certification.
Authored Articles

United States Enables Residential PACE

Removing federal obstacles to property assessed clean energy (PACE) has been a long-term subject of debate. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a guideline on July 19 enabling residential PACE financing and clarifying the conditions for purchasing or refinancing assessments with Federal Housing Administration loans.

RPM Software Improves Solar Asset Management

Automated solar asset management has become increasingly necessary as the solar industry grows. After receiving an award from DOE’s SunShot program, Ra Power Management (RPM) has developed the industry's first technology platform to improve the financial and operational management efficiencies of third-party-financed solar developers. Through a conversation with George Zviagin, founder and CEO of RPM, Clean Energy Finance Forum learned how this software can reduce soft costs and increase profit margins for solar developers.

Solar Stakeholders Sharpen Their Ability to Reduce Soft Costs

While the installation costs for solar in the United States have dropped dramatically in recent years, the number is double that in Germany. The difference has mainly resulted from soft costs – costs that do not relate directly to construction. To explore the cost-reduction opportunities, Solar Power World held a webinar on April 28 to discuss some major strategies for installers to decrease the soft costs of financing, training, and local solar programs.

Green Bank Network Aims for Global Clean-Energy Investment

How can green banks collaborate internationally to scale up private financing to meet the challenge of climate change? A new international organization, the Green Bank Network, hopes to lead the way. During the Paris climate conference, six green banks and two nonprofit organizations jointly announced the opening of the network on Dec. 7. The network will accelerate clean energy installations and mobilize private investments worldwide.

Global Energy-Efficiency Market Is Growing – But Not Fast Enough

International Energy Agency (IEA) launched the Energy Efficiency Market Report 2015 on Oct. 8 via a webinar. IEA projected the market would continue to grow and would reach $120 billion USD by 2020. However, this number “still falls far short of the estimated $215 billion USD to reach the 2-degree scenario,” said Sam Thomas, senior programme manager at IEA.