Solar development still depends on renewable portfolio standards

By Kelly Pickerel Renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies have been instrumental in increasing solar development in many states. Nearly 60% of all growth in renewable electricity generation has been associated with state RPS requirements, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Twenty-nine states have established RPS policies, which require local retail electric suppliers to supply a minimum percentage of their retail load with eligible sources of renewable energy. Some states have renewable portfolio goals, but only 29 states have standards as law.
RPS policies accurate August 2016. Source: DSIRE
Many standard deadlines have passed (including Michigan, Montana, Texas and Wisconsin, which all had 2015 targets

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