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.

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Net Metering & Rates

American families, schools, businesses and others have the right to generate their own power from the sun. In order to protect that right, we work to protect consumers from unfair fees and rate structures. More and more, utilities around the country are imposing increased fixed fees and demand charges on solar customers. We also work ...

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Low-Income Solar Access

Vote Solar’s Low-Income Solar Access Program is designed to expand access to solar technology, savings and jobs to the approximately 22 million low-income households nationwide, and in doing so accelerate clean air and climate progress for all. We put a particular focus on engaging and empowering low-income families and communities of color who are disproportionately ...

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Community Shared Solar

Despite a rooftop solar market that has grown by leaps and bound over the last decade, the majority of American energy consumers - including those who rent, have shaded or unsuitable roofs, or live and work in apartment or office buildings - face barriers to going solar through the traditional rooftop model. In addition to ...

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Incentives & Market Drivers

Policies that encourage utilities to increase the amount of renewable energy on the grid coupled with procurement programs that facilitate or incentivize solar development can be strong tools for achieving solar scale. These programs include: incentives, tax credits, Renewable Portfolio Standards and procurement programs, including PURPA. With these policies, Vote Solar works to create conditions ...

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Building a Modern Grid

Transitioning away from the fossil-based infrastructure we rely on today will require intentional planning and investment. Vote Solar aims to rethink grid planning and operation to bolster the amount of renewable resources powering our grid in a way that minimizes costs and maximizes environmental benefits.

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Financing

When it comes to making rooftop solar a mainstream option, innovations in financing are as important as innovations in technology. Third-party PPAs, leases, PACE and other financing options can transform the solar investment from a big upfront cost to manageable payments over time that more closely match the energy bill savings it delivers. State policy ...

More Resources

» 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

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.