IREC’s first-of-its-kind 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 the 14 active state programs (distributed across 11 states and the District of Columbia) using a common metric, a simple scholastic grading system (A+ through D-) that reflects a program’s strengths and weaknesses.

These renewable energy programs, particularly shared solar, aka community solar, enable multiple customers to share the economic benefits of one renewable energy system via their individual utility bills.
The scorecard evaluates programs according to defined criteria in five categories:
  1. general program details;
  2. customers and subscriptions;
  3. generation systems;
  4. bill credits; and
  5. renewable energy credits.

The national scorecard web site offers additional detail on these criteria and definitions of key terms associated with them, including key takeaways.

–>Updated September 2017 Report Cards for Scored State Programs 

The Scorecard now features detailed report cards for each of the 14 scored programs. The report cards provide greater insight on program details relative to the most substantial program design criteria.  In addition, the report cards identify program strengths and opportunities for improvement. The addition of the report cards is intended to 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. The report cards are available here (see state program details below the map).

 

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