Midmarket Solar Policies in the United States: A Guide for Midsized Solar Customers

Tian Tian, John Miller, Alison Holm, Eric OShaughnessy, Chang Liu, Shivani Mathur

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The first part of this guide introduces the key solar policies necessary for policy-based decision-making, which involves using knowledge of a solar policy to improve project economics and efficiency. Policies that could result in policy-based decisions include interconnection standards, net metering, user fees, incentives, and third-party ownership policies. The goal of this section is to equip prospective customers and project developers with the tools necessary to understand and use solar policies in a dynamic policy environment. The second part of this guide provides a complete, state-by-state inventory of midmarket solar policies for potential customers and developers to use as reference when making policy-based decisions. Although solar policies are dynamic, the profiles provide a framework for assessing policies to build the parameters that could be used to determine feasibility and structure of a solar PV system for midmarket customers and developers.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages206
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-66905


  • balance of system
  • mid-market solar
  • soft costs
  • solar balance of system
  • solar policy
  • solar soft costs


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