Incentivizing Distributed Solar: Best Practices (Presentation): NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Research output: NRELPresentation


The presentation discussed findings of a recent NREL technical report on best practices for designing and implementing incentives for small and mid-sized residential and commercial distributed solar energy projects. Topics covered included: factors to consider in setting and modifying incentive levels over time, differentiating incentives to encourage various market segments, and administrativeissues such as providing equitable access to incentives and customer protection. In addition, the presentation explored how incentive programs can be designed to respond to changing market conditions while attempting to provide a longer-term and stable environment for the solar industry. The findings of the report were based on interviews with program administrators, regulators, and industryrepresentatives as well as data from numerous incentive programs nationally, particularly the largest and longest-running programs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NamePresented at the Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar, 18 April 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-58566


  • distributed solar PV
  • incentive design
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • PV
  • utility solar programs


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