- The paper recommends EPA establish standards for comparing renewable energy technologies in terms of environmental impact, with a goal of safe deployment of these resources.
- The paper additionally recommends EPA leverage partnerships and expand certain programs to promote deployment of safe renewable energy.
- Recommended standards include creating a national review systems for distributed renewable energy technologies, certifying electricity generators with environmental impact ratings, and to establish regular reporting requirements for companies and organizations that achieve certification.
- Renewable energy systems are not subject to EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act and resulting permitting of pollutant emissions because they have zero emissions during operation.
- Renewable technologies, namely solar PV, still require EPA’s attention because they are not without some environmental impact, such as land use issues, and the generation of e-waste and potentially toxic chemicals during the manufacturing process.