Reports – Solar Market Pathways (SMP)

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Throughout the three-year project, the SMP team will publish various reports summarizing information gained from ongoing research and activities. These project reports will build upon NEM-V lessons learned, covering tariff history, current landscape and future models for a comprehensive market development plan. These findings can be leveraged by California and jurisdictions in other states for insight into tariff application best practices, eligibility and other regulatory considerations and replicable tariff outreach models.

Santa Monica Market Profile: The Santa Monica market profile, Fostering a Future for Multifamily Solar in Santa Monica, CA, highlights city and local government attributes that may serve as a strong foundation for growing a community's multifamily solar market. The attributes addressed include enabling policies and programs, sufficient solar resource and ample multifamily building stock, a strong solar workforce, and a motivated community. This report was developed to inspire other cities and local jurisdictions to take actions that will help foster a future for multifamily solar in their communities. 

Multifamily Solar Market Development Plan: The Multifamily Solar Market Development Plan is intended for contractors, regulators, and other program administrators interested in bolstering the multifamily solar market in their business or region. The Plan reflects on lessons learned in the initial years of this SMP project, including our Santa Monica Pilot Study, and highlights best practices for bolstering the multifamily solar market through stakeholder engagement best practices, successful educational efforts, and methods for facilitating physical installations. A multifamily market may include properties who can utilize the Virtual Net Metering tariff or other regional shared-solar programs, both of which are addressed in this Plan. This Plan will be marketed to regions who currently offer a Virtual Net Metering policy and other shared-solar programs, as well as to markets outside of California’s IOU territories, to instill guidance and inspiration to these otherwise nascent markets.

NEM-V Market Assessment Report: This summary provides a snapshot of the current state of the NEM-V market, through 2015, within California’s three large investor-owned utilities. It concisely covers the assessment approach, NEM-V market potential, market adoption levels and explores the types and characteristics of market actors within the NEM-V industry.

Pilot Study Summary: This report outlines our team's plan for the upcoming pilot study in Santa Monica, Calif. The study will serve as a test bed and seek to identify what tactics, marketing and otherwise, have a direct impact on the awareness and uptake of the NEM-V tariff within the sample region. Lessons learned from the pilot study will aid in the development of a replicable VNEM market development model, which may be applied to other California regions and markets throughout the U.S.

Virtual Net Metering Policy Background and Tariff Summary: This robust report covers the policy background and events that led to the general market NEM-V tariff within California's three major investor-owned utility service territories, information on the current tariff uptake and tariff structure as well as an explanation of similar shared solar programs throughout the country. It serves as the foundation for future project tasks needed to increase tariff uptake throughout California and beyond.