By Megan Cleveland
Solar energy has experienced explosive growth in recent years.
During 2016, the U.S. solar market installed 14,800 MW of new solar PV, nearly doubling installations from 2015, which itself had broken the previous year’s record.
State policies, incentives and regulations have played a significant role in this expansion, rapidly transforming the energy market.
While rapid growth and lower prices have increased options for commercial, industrial and residential consumers, many states are working to address the market and regulatory challenges created by the rise in distributed solar power.
The National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will be hosting a webinar, “Soaking Up the Sun: Policy Options to Achieve State Solar Goals,” at 3 p.m. ET Thursday. This webinar will explore policy options that have been effective in achieving state solar energy goals and present case studies from North Carolina and Nevada that highlight these efforts.
Speakers will include national state solar policy expert Galen Barbose from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Angie Dykema, director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy; solar analyst Austin Perea and Representative John Szoka (R-N.C.).
The webinar complements the recent release of the NCSL and NASEO publication, “Here Comes the Sun: A State Policy Handbook for Distributed Solar Energy,” which provides a comprehensive exploration of solar policy options for state policymakers and energy officials. To register for this event, please visit our webpage.
Megan Cleveland is a policy associate in NCSL's Energy program.