Raleigh, N.C. (February 11, 2015) – The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (formerly the N.C. Solar Center) announced the release of “The 50 States of Solar: A Quarterly Look at America’s Fast-Evolving Distributed Solar Policy Conversation.”
This quarterly report provides the most comprehensive overview yet of the rapidly-evolving state policy landscape for distributed solar, and includes links to track what is happening at the state legislative and regulatory level. The 50 States of Solar was prepared by the Center’s Energy Policy team, which also manages the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the most comprehensive resource on financial incentives and policies. The Center also received research support from Meister Consultants Group of Boston, Massachusetts.
The report provides details on 64 instances in 33 states of formally proposed or enacted regulatory and legislative state-level distribute solar policy changes during Q4 2014, with some actions from the immediately preceding months included for context.
“Overall, there was a tremendous amount of policy activity affecting distributed solar markets across the country during the Q4 2014,” said Jim Kennerly, Senior Policy Analyst at the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center. “As the home of the DSIRE project, our team has a unique perspective on the importance of the patchwork quilt of federal, state and local clean energy policies, and we are pleased to provide this critical information, which can often be hard to find, freely to government decision-makers, business leaders, and members of the general public.”
Key Details From The 50 States of Solar
The table below taken from the report details the types of actions related to distributed solar policy in the states or by local governments within states.
Since most state legislatures were not in session during Q4, the report focuses primarily on state regulatory action, especially those relating to investor-owned utilities and large municipal utilities.
Overall, the report found that there were 28 instances in 23 states that considered changing their net energy metering policies, 18 instances in 10 states where utilities requested or received monthly fixed charge increases (18 instances), and six instances in which utilities requested or received added charges specific to customers installing rooftop solar PV. The report also highlights action in 10 states related to studying the value of solar or altering existing value-of-solar tariffs, as well as two instances in Arizona in which utilities received approval to own and install residential solar PV.
Finally, while no state changed the status of third-party power purchase agreements (which allow solar companies to directly sell electricity to customers), the report found several states poised to take action early in Q1 2015.
About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: http://www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCCleanTech