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Title: Focusing the Sun: State Considerations for Designing Community Solar Policy

Abstract

This report summarizes outcomes from the National Community Solar Partnership State Best Practices working group by identifying key differences in state policies that enable community solar and illustrating how various policy design approaches may impact the market. For the latter question, it is too early to quantify a relationship between policy design and market impacts, because most state programs have not been fully implemented. So, the authors conducted interviews with 19 subject matter experts, including project developers, regulators, and utilities to better understand how various policy design approaches may impact community solar markets. These perspectives, along with those gleaned from the working group and relevant literature were synthesized to identify key considerations for policymakers designing community solar programs. Though state community solar policies vary in numerous ways, the report focuses on the following critical elements: program cap, project size cap, subscriber location requirements, subscriber eligibility requirements, low- and moderate-income stipulations, and subscriber compensation.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1419711
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A20-70663
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; community solar; state policy; policy design; market; program cap; project size cap; subscriber location requirements; subscriber eligibility requirements; low income stipulations; subscriber compensation

Citation Formats

Cook, Jeffrey J, and Shah, Monisha R. Focusing the Sun: State Considerations for Designing Community Solar Policy. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1419711.
Cook, Jeffrey J, & Shah, Monisha R. Focusing the Sun: State Considerations for Designing Community Solar Policy. United States. doi:10.2172/1419711.
Cook, Jeffrey J, and Shah, Monisha R. Wed . "Focusing the Sun: State Considerations for Designing Community Solar Policy". United States. doi:10.2172/1419711. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1419711.
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abstractNote = {This report summarizes outcomes from the National Community Solar Partnership State Best Practices working group by identifying key differences in state policies that enable community solar and illustrating how various policy design approaches may impact the market. For the latter question, it is too early to quantify a relationship between policy design and market impacts, because most state programs have not been fully implemented. So, the authors conducted interviews with 19 subject matter experts, including project developers, regulators, and utilities to better understand how various policy design approaches may impact community solar markets. These perspectives, along with those gleaned from the working group and relevant literature were synthesized to identify key considerations for policymakers designing community solar programs. Though state community solar policies vary in numerous ways, the report focuses on the following critical elements: program cap, project size cap, subscriber location requirements, subscriber eligibility requirements, low- and moderate-income stipulations, and subscriber compensation.},
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year = {Wed Jan 31 00:00:00 EST 2018},
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