Solar Power: Policy Overview and Good Practices

Sarah Cox, Anne Walters, Sarah Booth, Sean Esterly

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


As part of the Solutions Center's Clean Energy Policy Brief Series that describes key policy design elements across renewable energy technologies, this paper presents approaches and considerations specific to solar deployment. Drawing from international experience and lessons, the paper focuses on solar-specific good practices for renewable electricity standards (RES), feed-in tariffs (FIT), auctions and tendering processes, interconnection and net metering, financial incentives, and further approaches to enable private finance. Ultimately, governments can design a suite of complementary policies that aligns most appropriately with unique national circumstances and goals.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2015

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-64178


  • auctions
  • case studies
  • feed-in tariffs
  • good practicies
  • international
  • photovoltaics
  • policy overview
  • policy paper
  • private investment in solar
  • renewable electricty standards
  • solar investment and production tax credits
  • solar policy
  • tendering


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