Value of Solar

Distributed solar energy has great value!

Solar energy from photovoltaic systems is climate friendly, has few or no moving parts, works best on hot sunny days, and never varies in price over the life of the system. Too often, these and other values are overlooked in traditional regulatory proceedings and by too many electric utilities.

Getting the Value of Solar right is vital to energy policy in New England and across the United States.

Since the first Value of Solar study was completed in 2006, the concept has exploded on the US scene. Value of solar studies have a role in improving utility resource planning, informing solar incentive programs, establishing an analytical foundation for net metering rates, and as a foundation for new rate designs such as the Value of Solar Tariff.

Pace Energy and Climate Center created this Value of Solar Center of Excellence website with support from the John Merck Fund to bring all the learning and tools about Value of Solar to one convenient and up-to-date location. This website, which we call "VOSCOE," organizes that knowledge.

VOSCOE includes a comprehensive reference database of documents related to the value of solar. Our database catalogues solar valuation studies, valuation methodologies, legislation, regulations, public utility commission documents, presentations, substantive media articles, and other reports and analyses related to the value of solar.

For those interested in a brief introduction to the concepts please see this brief article and short presentation.

Selected Complete and In-Progress Value of Solar (VOS) Proceedings/Studies

Most Recent Documents

17 Nov
2017 PA Bill 118
Friday, November 17, 2017
Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Bill 118 section 2804 requires all SREC credit generators to be located within Pennsylvania boarders
20 Oct
Brief of the Appellants Net Metering
Friday, October 20, 2017
The imposition of transmission and distribution charges on net energy billing (NEB) customers for en
05 Oct
Net Metering Debates Rev UP, But Regulators are Skeptical of Utility Proposals
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Blog Post
Looking at the trends in the national net metering debate.
05 Oct
2017 Guide to Virginia Wind and Solar Policy
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Research or Whitepaper
An overview of Virginia's Wind and Solar Policy.
05 Oct
Power to the People: What's Really Happening With Net Metering
Thursday, October 5, 2017
News Article
Utilities in Massachusetts are pushing the narrative that customers with solar panels who zero out t