The Four Pillars of Cost-Effective Solar Policy
From the Solar Alliance
There are “Four Pillars” of energy policy required to drive real, cost-effective solar markets, all founded in critical Guiding Principles (download PDF). Put in place four simple policies, and any state or utility can develop a world-beating solar market. Get the details wrong in just one, and the market can come to a halt.
- Standards and Incentives: All energy is incentivized. Good incentive design can ramp your solar market up as you rein in spending.
- Net Metering: Solar customers save energy – they should save money, too. Learn how to give customers energy choice so that their energy savings can help pay for their solar investment.
- Interconnection: A solar system can’t go in unless the rules for grid connection are fair and streamlined.
- Utility Rates and Revenue Policies: The electric bill is where clean energy turns into dollars and cents. Smart rates can drive clean and efficient use of energy while making sure utilities are paid in full; bad ones can encourage sloppy use of energy. Utility revenue policies can also encourage efficient use of energy and on-site generation by customers while maintaining utility profits.
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