The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in response to the Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (DOE SETO) Request For Information on “Net Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Energy and Innovative Solar Deployment Models”. SEIA is a very active participant on these issues in legislative and regulatory arenas in states across the country as well as in a variety of national forums.
Net Metering/Net Energy Metering (NEM)
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SEIA's State Affairs team provides a preview of the latest on net energy metering (NEM) from across the U.S.
As distributed generation (DG) solar energy systems continue to become more accessible and affordable, increased adoption of these grid-energy reducing technologies is likely. SEIA proposes the following principles as a foundation for designing rates that properly value and enable a high penetration of DG, while recognizing the interests of utility shareholders and non-generating customers in a system with just and reasonable rates. Overall, SEIA asserts that these principles are consistent with the imperative of public utility commissions and energy service providers to maintain reliable, cost-effective service to all customers while protecting the right of customers to generate their own energy in a manner that provides many public benefits including environmental protection and economic development.
SEIA's guiding principles for a net metering policy.
Assessing the Costs & Benefits of Distributed Solar - Lessons & Best Practices from the National Debate
With distributed solar growing at a record pace, states nationwide are assessing the benefits and costs of this dynamic resource. The implications of these studies couldn't be higher, as cornerstone policies such as net metering are on the line. Join Vote Solar and the Solar Energy Industries Association for a webinar featuring experts from:
In July 2013, the CPUC issued its annual report on the progress of the California Solar Initiative, showing that the program has installed 66 percent of its total goal, with another 19 percent reserved
Establishing interconnection to the grid is a recognized barrier to the deployment of distributed energy generation. This report compares interconnection processes for photovoltaic projects in California and Germany.
This webinar will provide information on Concord Light, the municipal electric utility serving Concord, Massachusetts, and their solar photovoltaic (PV) rebate program.
This paper explores recent claims by California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) that the state’s net energy metering (NEM) policy causes substantial cost shifts between energy customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and other non-solar c
Today, the California Public Utilities Commission passed on a vote of 5-0 a new rule regarding net metering, primarily to clarify calculation of the state’s five-percent net metering cap. Net metering allows customers to earn credit for excess solar electricity they produce that is distributed to other customers on the grid. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) worked with members and stakeholders as part of the Coalition for Solar Rights asking for CPUC review of the calculation of the cap that is expected to be reached as soon as early next year by some utilities.