Posts Tagged ‘Policy’

Newly Updated Web-Based Tool Helps Examine Best Use of Incentive Dollars for On-site Wind

Posted on: October 10th, 2012 by shannon No Comments


New York and Massachusetts increase rank while California and Vermont scale back

Comparing the combined impact of state and federal policies for small-scale wind is now easier thanks to a recent facelift of the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool, available at Oregon, New York, and Massachusetts show the most favorable net cost of energy (COE) for small wind projects, while recent changes to incentives in California and Vermont have worsened those states’ market environment compared to previous years.

The tool was developed with the support of the Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program as a collaborative project of eFormative Options, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.  First released in 2011, the Policy Tool is a one-stop shop for information related to the cost, policies, incentives and other details associated with smaller, consumer-owned wind power generation. Data is pooled from various sources and the numbers are crunched to determine key financial results for each state, including the number of years to simple payback, the cost of energy (COE), the internal rate of return, and net present value. The Policy Tool was created to help policymakers, industry representatives and advocates better understand the key differences that exist between states’ distributed wind policies and keep tabs on the complex, ever-changing landscape.

In the newly released Policy Tool Version 2.0, data are updated to better reflect the current state of affairs across the U.S. And now the Policy Tool has more user-friendly features, such as a slider bar to adjust the Annual Energy Production (AEP) and pop-up windows that define various acronyms and terms for quick reference.

New updates for DSIRE

Posted on: August 30th, 2011 by shannon No Comments

The new, redesigned DSIRE Solar Policy Guide was just launched this week. The DSIRE Solar Policy Guide describes policy options adopted by state and local governments to encourage solar deployment, discusses status and trends of individual policies, provides examples of specific programs, and links to additional sources of information. This guide is meant to serve as a living document and will be updated quarterly to reflect new solar policy initiatives, trends, and resources.

This guide was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments“. The DOE guide focuses on policies and program options that are important to the development of a local market for solar. These two guides were designed to be complementary and address policy options relevant to both local and state governments.

In addition, the energy policy program at the N.C. Solar Center in collaboration with NREL and the DOE, created and launched the new DSIRE search widget. The DSIRE search widget can easily be incorporated into web sites and blogs. It allows your site’s users or your blog’s audience to search the DSIRE database for incentives in any U.S. state or territory.

North Carolina Policy

Posted on: February 26th, 2011 by admin

Homeowners and businesses throughout North Carolina installed a total of 335 megawatts of grid-connected photovoltaics (PV) in 2013. That accomplishment places North Carolina 2nd in the country for solar power capacity added in 2013, trailing only California. The primary reason for this is simple — policy.

North Carolina was one of the first states in the country to offer a tax credit for renewable energy purchases back in 1977. And in 2007 it became the first state in the southeast to establish a Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). Our generous 35 percent investment tax credit for renewable energy equipment enables millions of dollars in investments every year, and our REPS creates market certainty for these investments.

A Raleigh solar homeowner realizing his dream of being an early adopter.

A Raleigh solar homeowner realizing his dream of being an early adopter (photo courtesy of Yes! Solar Solutions)

The  Center’s Energy Policy Program helps residents and businesses understand the nuances of the tax credit and other policies and incentives that serve as drivers for the renewable energy industry in the state.

Below is some of the information that the Center has put together for North Carolina’s solar industry.

1. N.C. Commercial Solar Incentives – details federal and state tax credits, loans, RECs, and other incentives for solar installation businesses.

2. N.C. Residential Solar Incentives – details federal and state tax benefits and other incentives for home owners with solar installations.

3. Template Solar Ordinance – This document is intended to offer a path that could facilitate solar project development for companies and landowners while simultaneously creating a framework for local governments to ensure the safeguarding of local values and interests.