Financial Incentives to Enable Clean Energy Deployment: Policy Overview and Good Practices

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Financial incentives have been widely implemented by governments around the world to support scaled up deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices. As of 2015, at least 48 countries have adopted financial incentives to support renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment. Broader clean energy strategies and plans provide a crucial foundation for financial incentives that often complement regulatory policies such as renewable energy targets, standards, and other mandates. This policy brief provides a primer on key financial incentive design elements, lessons from different country experiences, and curated support resources for more detailed and country-specific financial incentive design information.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-65541


  • best practices
  • clean energy strategies
  • EE
  • energy efficiency
  • financial incentives
  • regulatory policies
  • renewable energy (RE)
  • renewable energy targets


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