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IREC’s National Shared Renewables Scorecard evaluates state shared renewables programs across the country, providing policymakers and other stakeholders with insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the various programs.

State Grades for Shared Renewables Programs

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California

Grades

C+

Virtual Net Metering

D-

Enhanced Community Renewables

Overview

California has two shared renewables programs: Virtual Net Metering and Enhanced Community Renewables.  Launched in 2011, the Virtual Net Metering program allows multi-tenant and multi-meter customers to participate in a common distributed generation system. Launched in 2015, the Enhanced Community Renewables program, which is a program under the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program, allows multiple customers to participate in a third-party common distributed generation system. These programs are applicable to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), and Southern California Edison (SCE). Notably, California also has two dedicated shared renewables programs geared towards affordable housing and low-income consumers: the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing and the Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program. For the purposes of the Scorecard, we evaluated both programs as low- to moderate-income components of the Virtual Net Metering program since they are designed to support solar installations on multi-family affordable housing for low-income tenants and rely on virtual net metering.

Colorado

Grades

B+

Community Solar Gardens

Overview

Launched in 2011, Colorado’s Community Solar Gardens program allows multiple customers to participate in a common solar distributed generation system. The program applies to investor-owned utilities.

Connecticut

Grades

C

Virtual Net Metering

Overview

Connecticut has one active shared renewables program (called Virtual Net Metering) and one pilot program (called Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program) that has yet to be implemented (and therefore is not yet scored). Launched in 2013, the state’s Virtual Net Metering program allows multiple state, municipal, or agricultural customers of investor-owned utilities to participate in a common distributed generation system. Authorized by legislation in 2015, the Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program is a two-year pilot program that will support the development of common distributed generation systems. Final rules for the pilot program are still under development.

Delaware

Grades

B

Community Net Metering

Overview

Launched in 2011, Delaware’s Community Net Metering program allows multiple customers to participate in a common distributed generation system. The program applies to investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and electric co-ops.

Maine

Grades

C+

Community Net Metering

Overview

Launched in 2012, Maine’s Community Net Metering program allows multiple customers to participate in a common distributed generation system. The program applies to investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and electric co-ops.

Maryland

Grades

A-

Community Solar Energy Generating Systems Pilot Program

Overview

Authorized by legislation in 2015, Maryland’s Community Solar Energy Generating Systems Pilot Program allows multiple customers to participate in a common solar distributed generation system. The program is a three-year pilot program that applies to investor-owned utilities. Municipal utilities and electric co-ops may elect to participate.

Massachusetts

Grades

C+

Neighborhood Net Metering

B

Virtual Net Metering

Overview

Massachusetts has two shared renewables programs which both launched in 2009: Neighborhood Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering. Both programs allow multiple customers to participate in a common distributed generation system and apply to investor-owned utilities. A key difference between the programs is that the Neighborhood Net Metering program requires that the facility and subscribers be located in the same “neighborhood” (i.e. a geographic area including and limited to a unique community of interests) whereas the Virtual Net Metering program just requires the facility and subscribers be located in the same load zone and utility distribution territory.

Minnesota

Grades

B

Community Solar Gardens

Overview

Launched in 2014, Minnesota’s Community Solar Gardens program allows multiple customers to participate in a common solar distributed generation system. The program applies to the investor-owned utility Xcel Energy.

New Hampshire

Grades

B

Group Net Metering

Overview

Authorized by legislation in 2013, New Hampshire’s Group Net Metering program allows multiple customers to participate in a common distributed generation system. The program applies to all investor-owned utilities and certain other utilities subject to regulatory agency jurisdiction.

New York

Grades

B+

Community Distributed Generation

Overview

Launched in 2015, New York’s Community Distributed Generation program allows multiple customers to participate in a common distributed generation system. The program applies to all investor-owned utilities.

Vermont

Grades

C+

Group Net Metering

Overview

Launched in 2009, Vermont’s Group Net Metering program allows multiple customers to participate in a common distributed generation system. The program applies to all investor-owned utilities.

Washington D.C.

Grades

A

Community Renewable Energy Facilities

Overview

Launched in 2016, the District of Columbia’s Community Renewable Energy Facilities program allows multiple customers to participate in a common distributed generation system. The program applies to the investor-owned utility Pepco.

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