Following is a comment from Rhone Resch, president and chief executive officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on reports that New York is going to establish a mandatory 50 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2030.
In January 2012, SEIA officially merged with the Solar Alliance, an advocacy organization working to establish solar policies at the state level. SEIA supports pro-solar policies at both the state and federal level, presenting a unified solar industry voice in all advocacy efforts.
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State Policy Priorities
1. Access to net metering and best practice rate design for distributed generation customers.
2. Inclusion of solar heating and cooling (SHC) to in state Renewable Portfolio Standards (“RPSs”).
3. Reduce soft costs - promote best practice interconnection and model permitting rules.
4. Maintain and improve cost-effective incentive programs, including tax credits/exemptions, rebates, and performance-based incentives.
5. Maintain and expand renewable portfolio standards or their equivalents, specifically DG and solar carve outs. Pursue recognition for solar’s capacity value and other grid/market benefit.
6. Increase investment vehicles and reduce risk- encourage long term financing and contracts for renewables; promote third party financing and power purchase agreements (between customers/developers and developers/utilities).