July Solar Policy Previews

Rhode Island officially has the most aggressive renewable energy plan in the country thanks to a new law.

Illinois Rule Changes Will Simplify Solar + Storage Interconnection
Springfield, Ill.

The Illinois Commerce Commission recently revised state rules regarding how solar and other DERs connect to the distribution grid. The changes will reduce interconnect time and cost and make it easier to use energy storage to balance intermittent resources.

New Jersey grants will help 46 communities develop clean energy plans
Trenton, New Jersey

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has approved grants for 46 municipalities to create community energy plans to help the state meet its goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The program encourages communities to give priority to renewable energies and equitable access.

Solar leaders lobby Congress for ITC expansion, national manufacturing appropriations
washington d.c.

SEIA board members went on a lobbying trip to Congress to ask leaders to enact key clean energy policies in fiscal reconciliation legislation. Leaders focused on the need for a long-term expansion of ITC as well as domestic solar manufacturing credits.

Lawyers say solar industry will be impacted by EPA Supreme Court ruling
washington d.c.

On June 30, the Supreme Court released a decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which will limit the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Solar advocates said it would slow deployment, but stressed the importance of prioritizing state-level advocacy for renewable energy advancement.

FERC proposes utility interconnection deadlines and penalties for non-compliance
washington d.c.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Eliminates Interconnection Backlogs Aimed at Eliminating Interconnection Backlogs and Accelerating Clean Energy Deployment, Including Utility Delays and Penalties for Non-Compliance . SEIA said the proposed rules closely follow recommendations the group and its partners submitted in February.

Governor Signs Rhode Island 100% Renewable Energy Bill
Providence, Rhode Island

Governor Daniel McKee has signed into law the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy transition bill, setting Rhode Island’s goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2033. The transition timeline is designed to allow for the necessary capacity expansion.

Solar Net Metering Is About To End In Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana

After a 2017 bill set the stage for change, new solar customers in Indiana starting in July 2022 will not receive 1:1 net metering credits for their solar installations. Utilities owned by state investors will instead use an “excess distributed generation” policy, which advocates say credits new solar customers at a lower rate for the extra electricity they generate.

The California Energy Commission will provide grants to cities and counties that adopt SolarAPP+
Sacramento, California

The California Energy Commission is launching a major campaign to encourage cities and counties to adopt the Department of Energy’s SolarAPP+ automated solar permitting software. To help cover the administrative costs of the transition, the CEC offers grants of up to $40,000 to $100,000.

New California interconnection decision expected to connect solar to grid faster
Sacramento, California

The California Public Utilities Commission recently made a decision that will simplify interconnection for distributed resources such as solar power and storage. The state will increase transparency and allow developers to identify preferable locations for projects by sharing accommodation capacity data.

North Carolina Supreme Court rules HOAs cannot stop homeowners from installing solar
Raleigh, North Carolina

The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued an order in a case between a homeowner and a homeowners association (HOA) that upheld state law protecting the right to install solar panels on rooftops. The court held that HOA provisions granting broad discretion to architectural review boards cannot be used to ban solar panels.

Vermont Public Utilities Commission Slightly Adjusts Solar Net Metering Rates
Montpelier, Vermont

The Vermont Public Utility Commission has released its semi-annual net metering update that will increase compensation for most existing net metering systems, but slightly decrease compensation for applications on or after September 1. The commission said the changes would better moderate the pace of new net metering development.