Developing State Solar Photovoltaic Markets

A new report released by the Center for American Progress takes a look at states can craft policies that will encourage growth in the solar photovoltaic (PV) market nationwide. Developing State Solar Photovoltaic Markets illustrates four different areas states can address to promote the use of PV; financial incentives that insure market stability and cost reductions, interconnection standards that ensure systems can be easily grid-tied, net metering that provides easy credit returns to those with PV systems and rate design that is fair to those with PV systems.

Developing State Solar Photovoltaic Markets concludes that states that provide financial incentives for investing in solar power and eliminate regulatory barriers are seeing the benefits of increasing consumer access to renewable distributed generation. These states are also seeing that PV can provide energy when and where it is needed most. The Center for American Progress does not reveal a magic bullet approach, however it does highlight several policies as being particularly beneficial for the PV industry. California, New Jersey, and Colorado are highlighted for creating the conditions for a well functioning, self-sufficient solar market and can serve in some ways as models for other states.

Most energy policy is determined at the state level and in order for solar PV and other renewables to make a large impact in terms of percentage of energy generation; state leadership is essential to establish the market conditions for solar energy to thrive. The report also says that state solar successes can inform federal policy which will help move the nation to develop an integrated strategy to transition to a secure energy system based on renewable resources like PV.

For more information or a copy of the report visit the Center for American Progress online.

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