Solar Policy Actions Across the States
Forty-six states and the District of Columbia took some type of solar policy action during 2022, with the greatest number of actions relating to net metering policies, community solar policies, and residential fixed charge increases.
Solar policy actions of 2022
A total of 285 state and utility-level distributed solar policy and rate changes were proposed, pending, or decided in 2022. Ten of the top solar policy trends of 2022 are:
States moving away from traditional net metering;
Net billing becoming the dominant successor tariff structure;
States incorporating LMI-specific provisions in solar programs;
Focusing on grid access fees and minimum bills;
New states considering community solar programs;
Growing use of time-varying compensation rates for distributed generation;
Encouraging distributed generation systems paired with battery storage;
States tying labor requirements to solar programs;
Distributed generation programs increasing in complexity; and
States taking an approach to distributed generation program design.
Many states have committed to incentivizing low-to-moderate-income (LMI) solar access through billing and tax exemptions, rebates, and carve-outs. Much of the progress is due to improving community solar engagement.