Resources

State and Utility Policy

This section includes information and resources on distributed generation, net metering, and general policy documents.

Springer Electric Cooperative: Utility-Owned Solar Without Tax Credits

Springer Electric Cooperative is a New Mexico utility that owns a competitively priced―comparable to third-party power purchase agreements―1MW PV system.

DELAWARE GOES SOLAR: A GUIDE FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

This guide provides comprehensive information for Delaware residents interested in installing a home solar energy system. Residents will learn about the basics of how solar photovoltaic systems work, how much they cost, options for financing a system, and how much customers can save by going solar. The guide breaks down expected savings for customers given Read More »

Solar Policy Workshop- Roswell, NM

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with The City of Roswell to provide a free policy workshop  to local government officials in  Roswell, NM.  This workshop was designed to provide an provide an in-depth look at Roswell’s solar policies and practices and Read More »

Solar Policy Workshop – Missoula, MT

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with The City of Missoula to provide a free policy workshop  to local government officials in  Missoula, MT.  This workshop was designed to provide an provide an in-depth look at Missoula’s solar policies and practices Read More »

Getting to A Win-Win: Distributed Solar & Utility Cost Recovery

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, and the Meister Consultants Group as members of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership present a free hour-long webinar on regulatory and rate design pathways to deeper solar cost reduction relevant to recent discussions on around the county solar fees and net metering.

SolarShares: Expanding Access to Solar Power

Community shared solar programs offer a key soft cost reduction opportunity, particularly for publicly owned utilities. The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, presents a case study showing how the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has been able to market its SolarShares program to its customers and meet some of its overall customer demand for solar with off-site utility-scale projects that can take advantage of strategic siting and maximize benefits to the utility grid.

Utility Community Solar: Program Development & Implementation

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, in collaboration with the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), presented a free webinar on Community Solar Program Development and Implementation.

Utility Community Solar Handbook: Understanding and Supporting Utility Program Development

The handbook provides the utility’s perspective on community solar program development and is a resource for government officials, regulators, community organizers, solar energy advocates, non-profits and interested citizens who want to support their local utility in implementing a project.

Regional Solar Podcast: Minnesota’s Solar Power Mandate

NARC spoke with Brian Ross, Owner of CR Planning, to discuss the recent initiative in Minnesota to mandate the use of solar power in the state’s energy portfolio.

Technical Report: A Comprehensive Review of Solar Access Law in the United States

This guide from Solar America Board of Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) provides a comprehensive review of solar access laws in the US, as well as a model statute and ordinance (page 12), both of which serve to help local governments in drafting their own solar access laws.

To read this report, click here.