U.S. Solar Industry Concerned about SREC-Only Markets

Over the last year, as some east coast states have started transitioning into market-based incentive structures for solar, small- and mid-sized businesses are worried about getting pushed out of the market by a few larger businesses.

Solar programs based on Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) — as currently designed — are only beneficial to large companies, say some industry professionals. There are fears that if changes are not made to the system, there will be unhealthy market concentration in states such as Maryland, New Jersey and Florida. 

The debate over SREC-only markets highlights a growing divide within the solar industry over how the market should grow: Top down or bottom up? We’ll look at what SRECs programs are, where they’re in place, and their predicted impact on the industry.

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