Residential and Commercial ITC Factsheets
The 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC) is among the most important incentives currently available for solar PV. These two guides--one for homeowners and one on the commercial ITC--provide a concise, yet thorough, overview of the ITC, demystifying byzan ... MORE
Commercial PACE: Facts & Benefits
Understanding Sales Tax Incentives for Solar Energy Systems
One method some state and local governments have used to incentivize solar adoption is to exempt solar energy equipment from sales taxes. Sales taxes can add significant costs to the total price of an energy system, so full or partial exemptions can make a mea ... MORE
As more individuals, corporations, and local governments consider photovoltaic (PV) solar energy as a means of controlling their energy costs, it is important to understand current costs and financing options. Despite the record growth of the solar industry in recent years,1 many people interested in PV often encounter various myths or misconceptions about the costs Read More »
As with most consumer goods, the bulk purchasing of solar energy equipment and installation services provides an opportunity for homeowners, businesses, and local governments to drive down the cost of their investment. In recent years, local governments across the U.S. have increasingly made use of two bulk purchasing models with great success.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs are bulk electricity purchasing arrangements through which municipalities are empowered to negotiate electric supply rates with power providers on behalf of the residents and business owners within their jurisdiction.
This brief is designed to aid those overseeing procurement for the local government they serve with developing successful Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for solar energy systems. Readers will learn about the essential elements of a solar RFP and receive introductory guidance on how to evaluate any proposals received, and are directed to tools, resources, and sample documents that can help maximize the effectiveness of their solar procurement efforts.
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This short paper presents a discussion of the myths and misconceptions regarding solar’s impact on the electric grid, improving local government officials’ understanding of these issues and providing them with the information they need to dispel these myths as they are encountered. The focus here is on technological advances made over the past several years at the system level and on the technological and operational advances that will be required under high-penetration scenarios. Readers will obtain a more complete understanding of these issues and will be connected to resources they can use to help ensure solar can continue to be connected to the grid while maintaining safety and reliability.
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Here we provide a budget and finance officers at the local level with a brief primer on conducting cost-benefit analyses to assess the economic viability of municipal solar energy systems. Discussion centers on how to estimate system output and to properly value this output, the various incentives local governments can take advantage of and how the value of these incentives should be calculated, and the impact that different ownership models can have on project economics. This publication is designed to help local officials determine if investing in solar is a financially beneficial decision.
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This brief outlines several strategies smaller governments can use in order to promote the use of solar in their communities. We provide examples and resources illustrating how these strategies have been or are currently being implemented in small local jurisdictions across the country.
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This brief discusses some of the revenue generation mechanisms associated with solar development and provides examples of how local governments have already leveraged these techniques to their fiscal benefit.
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