If you are an RE enthusiast who lives in California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts or Utah, consider yourself lucky. These states received A’s for excellence in both net-metering and interconnection policies in the 2012 edition of Freeing the Grid.
The report—produced by Interstate Renewable Energy Council and Vote Solar Initiative (VSI) in partnership with the North Carolina Solar Center—grades all 50 states on the effectiveness of their net-metering and interconnection practices in promoting rooftop solar and small-scale renewable energy technologies. While each state regulates the process under which a consumer can plug into the grid, interconnection rules vary. In some places, net metering is still not available.
“We saw improvement in many states that were already leading our nation’s solar market,” says Adam Browning, executive director of VSI. “Once they got a taste of what solar power can do, they decided they wanted more. Freeing the Grid provides a roadmap for all 50 states to be able to do the same.”
In its sixth year, the report is available in an interactive version that allows you to monitor your state’s progress toward improving their net metering and interconnection practices. Find the full report and articles about best and worst practices in RE policies (and see how your state measures up) at freeingthegrid.org.