Power Purchase Agreement Checklist for State and Local Governments

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


This fact sheet provides information and guidance on the solar photovoltaic (PV) power purchase agreement (PPA), which is a financing mechanism that state and local government entities can use to acquire clean, renewable energy. It addressed the financial, logistical, and legal questions relevant to implementing a PPA, but we do not examine the technical details - those can be discussed later with the developer/contractor. This fact sheet is written to support decision makers in U.S. state and local governments who are aware of solar PPAs and may have a cursory knowledge of their structure but they still require further information before committing to a particular project.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2009

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A2-46668


  • analysis
  • electric utilities
  • energy analysis
  • net metering
  • NREL
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • power purchase agreements (PPAS)
  • PPA
  • RECS
  • renewable energy credits
  • rooftop PV systems
  • rooftop solar
  • SEAC
  • solar
  • solar lease
  • strategic energy analysis center
  • tax incentives
  • third-party PPA


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