State and Local Solar Policies

Solar related policies that have been or could be adopted by state and local policy makers, including state-based incentives, solar portfolio standards, and net-metering legislation.

PV Training for Code Officials


Solar Structural Guidelines for Building Officials and Permitting Staff (Code Officials)


Streamlining Solar Permitting in Your City


How Vermont Brought Solar Permitting Costs Down to Zero


PV Online Training Course Updated


Wellinghoff + Tong: Why fixed charges are a false fix to the utility industry’s solar challenges


Rethinking Fixed Charges and Standby Fees: Regulatory and Rate Design Pathways to Deeper Solar Cost Reductions


Shaping the Future of Energy: New York’s Perspective (with Richard Kauffman)


Why Hawaii's Solar Energy Industry is at a Crossroads


Data Not Drama in California: Costs & Benefits of Net Metering


NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team - How they Can Help You


Solar Power Purchase Agreements: A Toolkit for Local Governments


Policy Driver

What are the main policies driving solar growth?

While there are many different solar related policies on the federal, state, and local levels, the three most important and impactful solar policy drivers are the federal 30-percent Investment Tax

net metering

What is “net metering” and why are people arguing about it?

Net energy metering (NEM) is a policy adopted in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia that allows electricity consumers to sell excess electricity generated from their solar p