September 2010 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter


Note from the Editor

The ABCs of PV Incentives

Diversity is the key to life and apparently, the key to a robust PV market. Over the past few months I have been lucky enough to work with Kevin Fox, attorney for Keyes and Fox Distribut­ed Generation Law, on a report that examines both wholesale and retail photovoltaic (PV) policy options titled Sustainable, Multi-segment Market Design for Distributed Solar PV. I wanted to provide a quick sneak peak of the issues we examine in this paper, which will soon be published by the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs).

Electric customers have a variety of needs and objectives when it comes to considering solar investments. Moreover, the solar market can be a confounding and complex place, difficult to navigate among the available policy incentive routes. This report speaks to the advantages and disadvantages of each policy type and promotes a diverse and straightforward offering of poli­cies to support the entire market. [Continued in Newsletter]


State News in Detail

Northeast States

New York increases size limit for farm-based systems

Massachusetts removes geographic limitation


Mid-Atlantic States

Maryland groups divided over Net Metering proposals

New Jersey incentivized off-shore wind; announces stakeholder meet­ing for community pilot programs


Southern States

TVA considers 50 MW of distributed generation proposals


Midwestern States

Michigan muni adopts net metering for wind and solar

Minnesota PUC resolves PPA REC ownership dispute

North Dakota PUC adopts REC sales plan from Xcel Energy


Western States

Arizona ACC working on Feed-in Tariff plan

California CPUC issues FIT proposal

New Mexico scales back utility solar plan


Other States

Homer, Alaska co-op adopts state net metering rules

Hawaii contends with accelerated grid-tied renewables integration



IREC to hold Community Renew­ables Webinar in September


Miscellaneous News

AWEA reports small wind is on the rise

EIA to expand smart grid, net meter­ing tracking

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Download the full newsletter as a PDF:  September 2010 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter


While customer-sited net metering and interconnection policies are primarily addressed at the state level, they are also becoming important on a regional basis. This newsletter has been designed to provide state-level policy updates and capture emerging regional trends. Connecting to the Grid is a free, electronic newsletter published each month by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) and the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University. Click here to subscribe.

Editor: Laurel Varnado
NC Solar Center, NC State University


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