State Solar Program Spotlight

This web page will feature State Solar Programs that are using very innovative approaches to advance solar technologies. The most recent State Solar Program Spotlight is featured on the States Advancing Solar homepage. Please click on the title of the program below for more information. More State Solar Program Spotlights will be added soon.

Group Buying – The New Thing in Residential Solar

Last year, Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) gave Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) a 2010 State Leadership in Clean Energy (or SLICE) Award for its Solarize Portland program. SLICE awards are made to CESA member programs or projects that are especially innovative and effective at incentivizing, promoting, or deploying clean energy technologies, and the distinguished [...]

WI Focus on Energy Solar Hot Water Incentive Program

State Solar Spotlight:  August 2010

Focus on Energy: Solar Hot Water Incentive Program

Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable energy program, offers one of the few solar hot water incentive programs in the U.S. targeted specifically at high-end commercial users. Incentives are available for high-volume hot water consumers such as hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and fire [...]

Solarize Portland

 The Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit public purpose organization dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy development, is partnering with the City of Portland and local neighborhood coalitions to offer residents of Portland a unique group purchasing mechanism for installing solar electric systems in their communities. Solarize Portland is an innovative program that helps residents overcome the financial [...]

Connecticut Solar Lease Program

State Solar Spotlight:  October 2009
Connecticut Solar Lease Program
The groundbreaking introduction of a state-sponsored solar leasing program has drawn national attention and an onslaught of additional leasing programs and financing options have developed as a result. The Connecticut Solar Lease Program is a Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) initiative that was begun in 2008 and designed to [...]

California Solar Initiative: Single-family Affordable Housing Program

On January 12, 2006, the California Public Utilities Commission CPUC) committed to set aside 10% of the overall California Solar Initiative (CSI) funds for low-income customers and affordable housing projects. This decision, and as further clarified by Senate Bill 1 signed by the Governor on August 21, 2006, directs the CPUC to implement a solar incentive [...]

New Jersey BPU Clean Energy Office’s Solar REC Program

New Jersey’s Solar Transition to a Market-based Solar Financing Program
New Jersey’s clean energy goal is simply stated to be 20% by 2020. More specifically, the state hopes to achieve 20 percent reduction in GHG by 2020; 20 percent reduction in energy use by 2020, 20 percent use [...]

Massachusetts – Commonwealth Solar

The Governor of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) recently announced a new solar PV initiative—Commonwealth Solar.

Over the next four years, $136 million will be dedicated to the support of solar PV projects. The contributors of the funds include the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which will reserve $68 million from ratepayer funds, the MTC, which will set aside $10 million per year from the Renewable Energy Trust, and the final $28 million will come from the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources’ Alternative Compliance Payment Fund established under the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) program.

California Solar Initiative (CSI)

The State of California has the largest state solar program in the U.S. and has established many program innovations. California has set an aggressive solar goal to create 3,000 megawatts of new, solar-produced electricity by 2017 – moving the state toward a cleaner energy future and helping lower the cost of solar systems for consumers. [...]