Developing Regional Strategies

The solar policy landscape varies from state-to-state and can even vary from town-to-town or utility-to-utility. These inconsistencies can create real obstacles to contractors and solar installers who operate beyond a single city limits. They also can hinder solar deployment by confusing customers. Creating comprehensive plans and strategies that support stronger, regional markets is pivotal to promoting the expansion of solar power nationwide.

Through SMP, work is underway to:

  • Develop statewide strategies for solar deployment.
  • Analyze regional policy and market conditions and identify opportunities to coordinate and reduce conflicts that cause delays and add costs to projects.
  • Engage solar industry stakeholders across jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Facilitate consumer education and create consistency for consumers regardless of where they live in a region.

Examples of our work:

Accelerating solar deployment statewide is the focus of SMP Awardee the Salt Lake City Corporation. Through the Wasatch Solar Project, Salt Lake, along with partners, will develop a ten year solar deployment plan that creates a clear path to faster, easier, and cheaper solar deployment throughout Utah. — Learn more here.

The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) is also working toward a statewide plan. Using scenario modeling, they are engaging stakeholders to create a plan to meet 20% of the state’s energy use with solar by 2025. — Learn more here.

SMP Awardee, Pace Energy and Climate Center is helping to harmonize the policy environment across the northeast states through the formation of the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC). NESEMC aims to create a regional market where solar businesses can thrive, creating jobs and economic opportunities. — Learn more here.