State-by-State Solar Policy Webinar Series
The Northeast is a hotbed of solar policy development. Each episode of this webinar series will focus on an individual state. Leading solar energy policy experts and organizations will share their state specific expertise in solar market policy development. Join us for one or more episodes!
Current series dates:
Connecting distributed generation (DG) like solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to the grid is not the most straightforward thing in the world. The electric grid is a complex system, and electric distribution companies (EDC) must ensure that it is operated safely and reliably at all times. For this reason, EDCs are very cautious when it comes to interconnecting DG systems to the grid. Safe interconnection requires adherence to certain rules and procedures and the screening of projects for potential negative impacts to the overall grid. For project developers, these rules can be confusing and prohibitively expensive both in terms of dollars and time, especially when the rules differ from state to state, or even from EDC to EDC within a state.
To address concerns for both maintaining grid safety and reliability without unduly hindering DG deployment, many states have developed standard interconnection guidelines and procedures. These procedures often delineate technical requirements, fees and cost responsibility, and the application process steps for EDCs and developers.
This post looks at what states in the Northeast have done regarding interconnection standards, and what changes may be in the pipeline.
The Pace Energy and Climate Center has compiled information on solar market relevant policies for the nine Northeastern states. State specific information can be found on each state's page, and policy specific information can be found on the NESEMC resource page.
Financing Clean Energy
NESEMC collaborated with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to investigate the benefits of expanding clean energy financing in the Northeast. UCS analyzed the potential outcome of increasing clean energy financing capacity in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, based on the experiences of clean energy lending programs in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and elsewhere. The analyses shows how the states could expand clean energy financing programs to make additional low-interest loans available to homeowners, businesses and municipalities who want to make energy efficiency improvements, install solar panels, or invest in other types of clean energy projects.
View the fact sheets here: