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SolSmart Issue Brief: Solar & Electrification, A Beneficial Partnership

Policies that encourage solar development and policies that encourage electrification can be complementary: low-cost solar power can help make electrification more cost-effective, and electrifying more services can help make solar installations more valuable. Electrification policies also open the door to discussions with the local electric utility regarding how utilities can better support communities’ solar power aspirations. This guide explains how communities can collaborate with their utilities on programs that produce complementary benefits for solar and electrification policies.

Related Criteria

  • U-3a: Discuss community goals for solar PV, net metering, and/or interconnection processes with the local utility and explore areas for future collaboration. Compile summary and next steps in a memo.
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