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IREC’s National Shared Renewables Scorecard evaluates state shared renewables programs using objective criteria based on best practices for program design. It provides a valuable tool for policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders to compare active state programs and determine program strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. The National Shared Renewables Scorecard grades each state’s shared renewable energy program...

IREC’s National Shared Renewables Scorecard evaluates state shared renewables programs using objective criteria based on best practices for program design. It provides a valuable tool for policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders to compare active state programs and determine program strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

The National Shared Renewables Scorecard grades each state’s shared renewable energy program using criteria based on best practices highlighted in IREC’s Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs and other components identified by our team and other national and state experts. IREC assigns point values to key program components in five main categories:

  1. General program details
  2. Customers and subscriptions
  3. Generation systems
  4. Bill credits
  5. Renewable energy credits 

The Scorecard website offers additional detail on program design components, provides definitions of key terms, and includes key takeaways from the state grades.

Report Cards for Scored State Programs 

The 2019 Scorecard assesses 20 programs in 17 states, and features grades for three newly launched programs in Illinois, New Jersey, and Oregon.

The report cards provide further insight on program details relative to the most substantial program design criteria, identifying program strengths and opportunities for improvement. The report cards provide state policymakers and other stakeholders greater insight on specific program design elements that could be modified or added to align with best practices and increase the effectiveness of those programs.

Score Your Own Program

Stakeholders can evaluate their own programs using IREC’s Score Your Program tool. The scoring tool takes users through a series of questions that reflect the same criteria IREC used to grade active state programs for the National Shared Renewables Scorecard. The questions can be applied to either an existing program or one that has yet to be implemented.

Once responses are submitted, users will receive a grade for their program. The tool provides a resource that can assist in working through critical components in the design and implementation of a robust shared renewables program.

Webinar: New National Tools for Shared Renewables Program Design & Evaluation

For additional information, please see New National Tools for Shared Renewables Program Design & Evaluation, a webinar on the Voluntary Community Solar Checklist and other shared renewables tools, including IREC’s National Shared Renewables Scorecard and Shared Renewables Policy Catalog. Hosted by IREC and VoteSolar (11/28/18).

Download the slides here.

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