Archive for November 2nd, 2011

2011 Freeing the Grid released

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by shannon

2011 Freeing the Grid released; more states make the grade on renewable energy policies

Renewable energy advocates today released the 2011 Edition of Freeing the Grid, a policy guide that grades all 50 states on two key programs: net metering and interconnection procedures. Together these policies empower energy customers to use rooftop solar and other small-scale renewables to meet their own electricity needs.  Now in its fifth year of publication, the report shows that states nationwide are continuing to embrace best practices and drive further improvements in these core renewable energy policies. The report’s methodology was also adopted for use in the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative, which aims to reduce the cost of going solar by 75% before the end of the decade.

“It is clear that our nation’s states can and will continue their proud role as the growth drivers of America’s new energy economy. Renewable energy has strong support from state policymakers and the citizens they serve. That support is not restricted to any particular party affiliation or geographic location. It is bi-partisan, it is pervasive, and it is no surprise. If there’s one thing Americans in all our diversity can agree on, it’s that we can do better with our energy choices. Freeing the Grid outlines a better path forward,” said Adam Browning, Executive Director of Vote Solar.


Click here to read the highlights of the 2011 ‘Freeing the Grid’ policy guide

IREC’s 2011 Updates and Trends Annual Report released

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by shannon

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC’s) 2011 Updates & Trends Annual Report was released on October 17, 2011 in Dallas, Texas – take a peak and learn more about the latest in net metering, state policies and incentives (prepared by the DSIRE staff!), solar installation trends and other program areas – Happy reading!


Click here to download the Report as a PDF