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Solar Policy

Regardless of technology or size, every facet of the solar industry is affected by local, state and federal policy. Whether at the regulatory or legislative level, SEIA is constantly engaging with policymakers in Washington, DC and across the country to establish supportive policy frameworks that allow solar to compete in the marketplace and offer cost-competitive, reliable energy to consumers.

68% Average annual solar growth in the last 10 years

Rooftop Solar

Electricity produced at or near the point where it is used is called Distributed Generation (DG). Distributed solar energy can be located on rooftops or ground-mounted, and is typically connected to the local utility distribution grid. There are a wide variety of policies at the state and local level that impact distributed solar and its customers.

Net Metering

Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid. Many states have passed net metering laws. In other states, utilities may offer net metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions. Differences between states' legislation and implementation mean that the benefits of net metering can vary widely for solar customers in different areas of the country.

Local Permitting
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Property-Assessed Clean Energy
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Rebates & Incentives
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Solar Access Rights
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Utility Rate Structure
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Grid Modernization Whitepaper Series
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Utility-Scale Solar

Utility-scale solar has been generating reliable, clean energy with a stable fuel price for more than two decades. By enacting federal policies to accelerate the growth of utility-scale solar, we can create jobs nationwide and quickly diversify America’s energy portfolio.

Utility-Scale Solar Power Plant Development

Utility-scale renewable energy plants and traditional generation factilities are constructed through a very similar process. Project developers work with financiers, solar technology suppliers, engineering firms, legal counsel, and others to identify appropriate sites for renewable energy projects, secure access to transmission infrastructure, interconnect facilities, and comply with government information reporting requirements. 

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Habitat Conservation Planning
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Renewable Energy Standards
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Responsible Land Use
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Siting & Permitting
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Transmission
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Water Use Management
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Renewable Energy Deployment

Policy plays an important role in deploying solar energy by helping create competitive markets for new and innovative energy technologies. Renewable energy standards and other policies can be used to stimulate demand for solar and other renewable energy technologies.

Federal Clean Energy Contracting
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Federal DOE Appropriations
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Performance-Based Incentives
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Reverse Auction Mechanism
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Wholesale Distributed Generation
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Community Solar

Shared renewable energy arrangements allow several energy customers to share the benefits of one local renewable energy power plant. When the power is supplied strictly by solar energy, it is sometimes called “community solar.” The shared renewables project pools investments from multiple members of a community and provides power and/or financial benefits in return.

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Upcoming Events

Grid Modernization and Solar: What Are the Implications for the Future of Net Metering, Speedier Interconnection, and the Risk of Solar Fees?
Monday, Mar 21 2016

Grid Modernization and Solar: What Are the Implications for the Future of Net Metering, Speedier Interconnection, and the Risk of Solar Fees?

At Solar Power International (SPI), SEIA will host the workshop Grid Modernization and Solar. This workshop will include experts from the solar industry, utilities, and technical experts to discuss some of the developments in leading states and their implications for solar businesses.

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