The 50 States of Solar (2015 Policy Review, Q4 Quarterly Report)

North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center

Key Solar Policy Actions in 2015

The report finds that all but four states took some form of solar policy action in 2015 (see Figure below). Specifically, the report finds that in 2015:
• 27 states considered or enacted changes to net metering policies
• 24 states formally examined or resolved to examine some element of the value of distributed generation
• 7 states had policy action on community solar
• 61 utilities in 30 states proposed increasing monthly fixed charges on all residential customers. The median increase requested was $5 per month.
• 21 utilities in 13 states proposed adding new or increasing existing charges specific to rooftop solar customers
• 6 states had policy action on third-party solar ownership laws or regulations
• 5 states had action on utility-owned rooftop solar policies or programs

The report also includes an overview of existing state solar policies, finding that:
• 41 states have mandatory net metering rules for all or certain utilities
• At least 10 states have conducted studies to develop methodologies to value the electricity generated by rooftop solar systems
• 14 states have statewide community solar policies
• 26 states allow third-party solar power purchase agreements, a popular financing mechanism for homeowners going solar…


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