Distributed renewable energy systems generate clean, renewable electricity on site, where that energy will be used.
State policymakers have supported net metering for solar and other distributed clean technologies for a variety of reasons.
Shared renewables allows customers that may not have an ideal location for their own renewable installation to invest in a shared system and reap the benefits of net metering.
Perhaps the most obvious step that local governments can take in support of solar energy is to remove barriers in their building or zoning codes.
The greatest permitting obstacle for small wind turbines is not the presence of overly burdensome permitting requirements, but rather a lack of applicable guidelines.
Without much leadership at the federal level, states have a big role to play in pushing renewable energy policy.