29 October 2012
Becoming one of the top ten solar capacity states doesn’t happen overnight. Consistency in policy is key to encouraging solar development and private financial investment, but the top states have also shown an ability to adapt their policies; adjust incentives, be open to creative new policies, and be ready to change policies that aren’t working, all while inspiring trust in their citizens that the policy makers will continue to support solar. The policies of the top three states—California, New Jersey, and Colorado—are not surprising. They each have aggressive renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), net metering, and property tax exemptions for any increase in home values with solar panels.