Project Director: Warren Leon

Contact: Warren Leon, WLeon@cleanegroup.org

The goal of the States Advancing Solar project is to strengthen the ability of the states and other non-federal entities to further develop the market for solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems.

CESA members are committed to expanding the use of solar technologies, driving down solar costs, and making sure the benefits of solar are available to all of their residents. The challenge is to develop the most effective state and community programs to create real markets for solar use. To reach this goal, CESA staff surveys and identifies solar program best practices from around the country; develops collaborative initiatives between the states, DOE, and solar industry stakeholders; and provides information and analysis to CESA members on solar program design. CESA tracks, evaluates, publicizes, and facilitates state adoption of effective financial, policy, and technology activities and best practices that accelerate solar technologies.

CESA manages two projects funded by the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The first, under SunShot’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals program, provides timely information and educational resources to help states and municipalities ensure distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households. The project, known as the Sustainable Solar Education Project, is developing program guides, webinars, online course material, and in-person training for government officials on topics related to strengthening solar equitability, improving consumer information, and implementing consumer protection measures.

The second project, under SunShot’s State Energy Strategies program, helps five states and the District of Columbia develop and implement strategies to increase adoption of solar by low- and moderate-income residents. The states – Connecticut, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Rhode Island – and the District are each pursuing strategies that grow out of their particular circumstances.

From 2013 to 2016, CESA managed another SunShot project, the New England Solar Cost Reduction Partnership, in which the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont reduced the non-hardware “soft costs” of solar deployment.