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Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers

Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers

December 19, 2018

This report reviews existing and emerging LMI community solar programs, discusses key questions related to program design, outlines how states can leverage incentives and finance structures to lower the cost of LMI community solar, and examines marketing and outreach considerations.

Directory of State Clean Energy Programs and Policies for Low- and Moderate-Income Residents

Directory of State Clean Energy Programs and Policies for Low- and Moderate-Income Residents

December 7, 2018

This document surveys current and planned state activities that seek to bring the benefits of clean energy to low-income residents and communities. It focuses primarily on clean energy generation, but also covers some energy-efficiency initiatives. It does not include low-income weatherization programs.

A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs

A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs

November 28, 2018

This guide aims to help homeowners navigate the complex landscape of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system financing. The guide describes three popular residential solar financing choices – leases, loans, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) – and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how they compare to a direct cash purchase. It clarifies key solar financing terms and provides a list of questions homeowners should ask before deciding if and how to proceed with installing a solar system.

A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Solar

A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Solar

September 28, 2018

There are many ways to build and finance a solar PV system. “A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Solar” can help residents decide whether it makes sense for them to go solar and, if so, how. The guide is divided into sections that offer relevant information needed at different points during the decision making and installation process.

State Solar Contract Disclosure Requirements

State Solar Contract Disclosure Requirements

August 2, 2018

A rapidly growing residential solar market has created challenges for solar consumers. With so many households adopting solar and more PV systems installed, there is potential for solar consumer protection issues to emerge.

Credit Multipliers in Renewable Portfolio Standards

Credit Multipliers in Renewable Portfolio Standards

July 23, 2018

This report examines the history and status of credit multipliers, the types of technologies and applications most often awarded credit multipliers, the advantages and disadvantages of credit multipliers, state experiences with the use of multipliers, and other trends in the implementation of credit multipliers.

Case Studies of RPS Best Practices: Solar Carve-Outs, SREC Tracking, and Thermal Inclusion

Case Studies of RPS Best Practices: Solar Carve-Outs, SREC Tracking, and Thermal Inclusion

July 20, 2018

The paper consists of three case studies of states that have been leaders in implementing particular RPS practices: Delaware’s use of a carve-out for solar, New Jersey’s tracking of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs), and New Hampshire’s inclusion of thermal output in its RPS.

Renewable Thermal in State Renewable Portfolio Standards

Renewable Thermal in State Renewable Portfolio Standards

July 12, 2018

This report provides an overview of how states across the country are incorporating renewable thermal technologies into their RPS programs.

Advancing Clean Energy Progress: Past, Present, and Future

Advancing Clean Energy Progress: Past, Present, and Future

June 28, 2018

This report presents case studies of the six recipients of the 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards.

Cover image for Case Study – McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project.

Case Study – McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project

June 27, 2018

A defunct mobile home park in rural Vermont was transformed into the first resilient, zero-energy, affordable modular housing development in the country with solar and battery storage systems. This case study includes technical and financial details, as well as lessons learned over the course of the project.