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Senator Coons helps install SolarDock panels at the Delaware Children's Museum.

Freeing the Grid Intro

Freeing the Grid  is a policy guide developed by Vote Solar,  the Interstate Renewable Energy Council  and GRACE that grades all 50 states on two key renewable energy programs: net metering and interconnection procedures. Together these policies empower energy customers to use rooftop solar and other small-scale renewables to meet their own electricity needs. Now in its sixth year of publication, the report shows that states nationwide are continuing to embrace best practices and drive further improvements in these core renewable energy policies.

Net Metering

Commonly known as the policy that enables a customer’s electric meter spin backwards, net metering    is the billing arrangement by which customers realize savings from their clean energy systems.  1 kWh generated by the customer has the exact same value as 1 kWh consumed by the customer.

What makes an effective net-metering program?

Download IREC’s model net metering rules

Go to the official Freeing the Grid website


Each state regulates the process under which a generator can connect to the distribution grid. These policies seek to keep up the stability of the grid as well as the safety of those who use and maintain it. Technical standards serve an extremely important purpose in the U.S. economy. By meeting a uniform set of procedures and electrical specifications, a wide variety of products and technologies, like distributed generation   (DG), can be developed at low cost.

What makes effective interconnection    standards?

Download IREC’s model interconnection procedures


  • Interconnection
  • Distributed Generation Energy Systems
  • Net Metering