Policy Decision Matrix
Guidance for Designing Community Solar Programs
UPDATED Second Edition, December 2017
Model State Legislation
For states with vertically integrated utility markets.
Model State Legislation
For states with restructured/competitive electricity markets.
Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar
Together the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) published the Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar, which provides consumers with an overview of community solar, expert tips on how to be an informed consumer, questions solar consumers should ask before entering into an agreement and handy links to other resources.
Shared Renewables HQ
Shared Renewables HQ is intended to advance state shared renewable energy policy by sharing best practices and tracking progress. The site is managed by the non-profit organization Vote Solar in partnership with Lee Barken, a CPA and LEED-AP based in San Diego.
Community Solar Hub
A resource for developing community solar projects, including a state-by-state listing of projects.
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
At NREL, we focus on creative answers to today’s energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy. A recent NREL report described the market potential of community solar of up to $16 billion in investments and up to 11 Gigawatts of cumulative installed capacity though 2020.
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) SEPA is an educational non-profit. SEPA has developed several resources on community solar development, including information on community solar projects across the country, partnerships with utilities on the development of community solar projects, and updated facts.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
IREC’s programs and policies benefit consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry. The results are visible in nearly every state, with rules that enable millions more consumers to participate in the clean energy marketplace — and practices that make it easier, safer and more affordable to connect to the utility grid.
Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. Resources include the National Community Solar Partnership, and a list of community solar FAQs.
Solar Energy Industries Association
As the national trade association in the U.S., the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the power behind solar energy. Our member companies research, manufacture, distribute, finance, and build solar projects domestically and abroad.