Understanding Your State’s Solar Market

If you are interested in learning more about solar energy or promoting solar policies in your state, it can be useful to first understand the lay of the land.

When you install a solar system there is an upfront cost that can be partially or completely offset by various federal and state incentives.  There may also be the option (depending on your location) to get a loan or financing for the upfront cost of a system.  The following websites will help you understand the policies in your state.  

The following websites provide state-specific analysis of the relevant solar policies in your area and how they impact the solar market.



Solar Power Rocks: A breakdown of your state’s solar incentives, utility policies, and solar accessibility. The site also provides information on how long a system will pay itself off and ranks the state’s legislature on their level of support for solar.



Freeing the Grid: A policy guide that grades states on their net metering and interconnection procedures. These policies are important because they empower energy customers to use rooftop solar and other small-scale renewables to meet their own electricity needs.


ACORE’s Renewable in the 50 States: An executive summary on the status of renewable energy implementation at the state-level. The report provides a two-page, high-level overview on the key developments that have shaped the renewable energy landscape in each state, including information on installed and planned capacity, markets, economic development, resource potential and policy. 

Clean Energy Authority: A website that gives a breakdown of each state’s solar rebates and incentives. The site also gives some background on the state’s solar market and when incentive programs have been put into place.



DSIRE USA: A very detailed site that lists each state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and incentives. Also provides a glossary that briefly explains each type of incentive and regulation.