Solar Simplified for Utilities

Solar costs are at historical lows, making solar PV more cost-effective than ever. Solar costs are at historical lows, making solar PV more cost-effective than ever.

In 2012, U.S. utilities integrated nearly 2.4 Gigawatts (GW) of solar electric capacity, representing a 61 percent increase from the nearly 1.5 GW that was added in 2011 and more than triple the 781 Megawatts (MW) added in 2010 (Solar Electric Power Association, Utility Solar Rankings report, 2013).

Solar energy is on the rise, and Americans across the political spectrum are calling for more solar and more clean energy options. What’s more, utilities across the country are facing a growing number of challenges, risks, and costs inherent to the 21st century energy landscape, including increasing demands for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and workable strategies to mitigate harmful pollutants and climate degradation. 

With solar costs at historical lows and solar energy quickly becoming cost-competitive with traditional energy resources, now is an ideal time for utilities to start exploring and investing in solar energy. To help utilities and regulators better understand solar technologies, policies, and programs, we’ve compiled the following resources on several critical topics associated with solar energy.  If you have specific questions about solar, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Resources

  • The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar energy into their portfolio; members have access to a wealth of resources, consultation, and utility peer-to-peer forums.
  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is a nationally recognized thought leader, stakeholder coordinator, expert resource and facilitator of regulatory reform. IREC’s publications are a tremendous source of information on solar and distributed generation.
  • U.S. Solar Market Insight – Q1 2013: comprehensive summary of the U.S. Solar Market through Q1 2013 conducted by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.

Solar Integration

Solar PV Value Studies

Community Solar & Shared Solar

Policies & Incentives

Net Metering & Interconnection




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