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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Spring Update from Vote Solar's Access & Equity Team

Core to the work I do at Vote Solar is the question, What can we as an organization, offer to partners in support of the work they are doing within their communities? The answer to this question continues to evolve and expand to be sure, but in 2019, I and other members of our team ...

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Virginia can achieve a carbon-free future, if they allow it.

Across the country we’re seeing states and municipalities announce aggressive carbon reduction goals to help combat a changing climate and meet constituent demand for more clean energy. In September, Governor Ralph Northam signed an executive order that calls for 30% of Virginia’s electric system to be powered by renewable energy resources by 2030, and calls ...

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New Guide for Utility Participation in Solar Programs for Low-Income Customers

Report released by GRID Alternatives, Vote Solar and Environmental Law & Policy Center Low-income solar rights advocates released Principles and Recommendations for Utility Participation in Solar Programs for Low-Income Customers today as part of an ongoing campaign to ensure that local, clean, affordable solar energy is available to everyone, regardless of their income level or ...

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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 ...

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Get SMART, Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is in danger of falling short when it comes to achieving our existing renewable energy and climate goals. Solar energy must play a fundamental and growing role in displacing fossil fuels from the Commonwealth’s energy mix if we are to reach those goals – and of all the renewable energy sources, it is the ...

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Community Solar is Working for Minnesota

Minnesota is the national leader in community solar, with 208 projects around the state, more than a third of all community solar projects in the US. The Community Solar Garden policy is the best in the nation, making it easy to develop and subscribe to solar power. Read more in the new report from Vote ...

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.