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.

 

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