Building Minnesota’s Solar Future: The Option of a “Solar Carve-Out” in the Renewable Energy Standard (2008)

This brief was put out by the associate director of the Green Institute in 2008. The purpose of this document is to plan a program to build on the current Minnesota state program – a solar rebate ending in 2009.

They propose a “solar carve-out”, which is an addition to a renewable energy standard (RES) that specifies that a portion of that RES needs to be met with a particular technology (solar). Other policies are also included in the document to promote solar such as: performance incentives or feed-in tariffs; tax credits; cash rebates or grants; green pricing programs.

It also gives examples of other states with solar carve-outs, with the unique characteristics about the programs, and issues that relate to solar carve-outs.

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