Our Policy Priorities

Vote Solar targets policies that address this simple but powerful equation for growth: affordability + access = scale. 

We believe that the strongest solar market is one that creates diverse and lasting opportunities for investment and participation. As such, we support policies that enable solar growth at the consumer, community and utility scale.


Rebuilding America’s Communities through the Community Reinvestment Act

Unemployment in America reached an all time high this summer due to COVID-19 and the clear solution to rebuilding our economy is investments in communities, and that requires cash. Banks play a critical role in lending to our communities, but their history of racial discrimination has created an inequitable system. Updating a federal banking policy ...


Vote Solar’s Access and Equity Advisory Committee

Vote Solar hosted its first meeting of the Access and Equity Advisory Committee in October. The Advisory Committee was created in response to the challenges states are having with implementation of low-income solar programs. As states implement these programs they face a number of challenges, that if left untouched, reduce access to solar programs for ...


REPORT: COVID-19 and the Utility Debt Crisis

Nearly 25 million families may be unable to pay their utility bills due to COVID-19's economic impacts. Here's the size of this growing crisis and what we can do about it. COVID-19’s public health and economic crises are already impacting our everyday lives: Since mid-March, 26 million U.S. households have lost their jobs, and over ...


Utah Solar Study

Rocky Mountain Power is trying to change the rules on solar customers again. So we’re teaming up with people like you to gather the data we need to support fair rates for rooftop solar in Utah. If you have rooftop solar, please take 2 minutes out of your day to join the Solar Study. RMP ...

More Resources

» Solar Consumer Resources
Solar consumer protection resources from reputed national organizations

» Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA)
The online home of the U.S. solar trade association

» Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency® (DSIRE)
Current solar policies in all 50 states

» Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
Regulatory expertise for distributed renewable energy

» Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
A resource for utility solar decision-making

» National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Solar energy basics from the U.S. Department of Energy

» EnergySage
Interested in going solar? EnergySage is a DOE-backed resource to help you compare solar equipment, financing and vetted installers

Our Guides 

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Low-Income Solar Policy

Vote Solar, GRID Alternatives, and Center for Social Inclusion guide to policies that expand access to solar in low-income communities. 

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Freeing the Grid

Best practices in state net metering policies and interconnection procedures.

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Shared Renewables HQ

Shared renewable energy can help renters and millions of other American homes, schools and businesses choose clean energy for the first time.

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Coalition for Solar Rights

Rooftop solar is an innovative way for families, schools and businesses to take charge of their power generation and utility bills like never before.