42 U.S. Code § 5587 - Supervision of research, development, and demonstration programs
(a) Monitoring of photovoltaic systems; collection and evaluation of data; studies, investigations, and reports
The Secretary, in coordination with such Government agencies as may be appropriate, shall—
(2) collect and evaluate data and information on the performance and operation of photovoltaic systems installed under this subchapter; and
(3) from time to time carry out such studies and investigations and take such other actions, including the submission of special reports to the Congress when appropriate, as may be necessary to assure that the programs for which the Secretary is responsible under this subchapter effectively carry out the policy of this subchapter.
(b) Assistance from scientific, technical, and professional societies and industry representatives
In the development of the performance criteria and test procedures required under section 5586 of this title, the Secretary shall work closely with the appropriate scientific, technical, and professional societies and industry representatives in order to assure the best possible use of available expertise in this area.
(c) Liaison with industries, interests, and scientific and technical community
The Secretary shall also maintain continuing liaison with related industries and interests, and with the scientific and technical community, during and after the period of the programs carried out under this subchapter, in order to assure that the projected benefits of such programs are and will continue to be realized.