Learning by Doing: The Evolution of State Support for Photovoltaics

TitleLearning by Doing: The Evolution of State Support for Photovoltaics
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBolinger, Mark, and Ryan H. Wiser
Pagination14
Date Published06/2003
PublisherLBNL
CityBerkeley
Keywordselectricity markets and policy group, energy analysis and environmental impacts department, state renewable energy policies
Abstract

Fifteen states have established "clean energy funds" that will collect more than $3 billion in aggregate from ratepayers over the next decade. The general mission of these funds is to support the development of renewable energy technologies and markets; all of the funds target the installation of photovoltaics (PV) in one way or another. So-called "buy-down" programs – i.e., programs that offset the high up-front costs of PV through capital grants or rebates – have been the most popular approach taken to date in supporting PV. At present, however, state clean energy funds appear to be evolving into a new phase of supporting PV – one that draws upon lessons learned from the past few years 'experience with the first round of buy-down programs. This paper briefly discusses these lessons from the past and describes how various states are tweaking, rearranging, or crafting new programs to incorporate those lessons.

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