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Northeast U.S. Solar Policy: Sunny, With a Chance of...FIT?

Presentation delivered by Justin Barnes of the N.C. Solar Center during the 2009 Northeastern Solar Cities Conference Solar Energy Financing session.

Guidelines for Pilot PACE Financing Programs

This document provides best practice guidelines to help implement the Policy Framework for PACE Financing Programs announced on October 18, 2009. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs allow state and local governments, where permitted by state law, to extend the use of land-secured financing districts to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property.

The Impact of Local Permitting on the Cost of Solar Power

Reports show how simpler solar permitting can generate billions for state economies. Streamlined permitting can make solar affordable for 50% of American homes.

Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy

This 85-page document covers a variety of solar legal issues including solar access, power purchase agreements, solar development contracts, regulations, permitting, solar financing contracts, and renewable energy credits. Note that this document is not legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances.

Have a Nice Day (NYT op-ed column)

Applied Materials is one of the most important U.S. companies you’ve probably never heard of. It makes the machines that make the microchips that go inside your computer. The chip business, though, is volatile, so in 2004 Mike Splinter, Applied Materials’s C.E.O., decided to add a new business line to take advantage of the company’s nanotechnology capabilities — making the machines that make solar panels.

Utility External Disconnect Switch: Practical, Legal, and Technical Reasons to Eliminate the Requirement

This report documents the safe operation of PV systems without a utility external disconnect switch in several large jurisdictions. It includes recommendations for regulators contemplating utility external disconnect switch requirements.

State Clean Energy Policies Analysis (SCEPA): An Analysis of Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariffs in the United States

This report defines a FIT policy, explores U.S. FIT policy design, and highlights a few of the best practices in FIT policy design. It also explores how FITs can be used to target state policy goals and examines policy interactions with other renewable energy policies. An overview of FIT impacts (jobs and economic development) in Europe is included.

EESI Fact Sheet: Jobs from Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a nonprofit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan, bicameral group of members of Congress. The institutes charter is to disseminate timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set the United States on a cleaner and more secure and sustainable energy path. This fact sheet reports the major findings from job-creation studies in the renewable, fossil, and nuclear energy industries.

Solar PV Project Financing: Regulatory and Legislative Challenges for Third-Party PPA System Owners

This paper summarizes five common regulatory challenges for third party PPA financing, when they occur, and how they have been addressed in five states. This paper also presents alternative to the third-party ownership PPA finance model, including solar leases, contractual intermediaries, standardized contract language, federal investment tax credits, clean renewable energy bonds, and waived monopoly powers.

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