Report: Implementation of the 30 Million Solar Homes Policy Platform

Date: 26 Aug 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The 30 Million Solar Homes Implementation Guide is a companion piece to the 30 Million Solar Homes policy platform — developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Solar United Neighbors, and the Initiative for Energy Justice — and our recent report, The National Impact of 30 Million Solar Homes. The policy platform identifies new and existing federal policies and programs that could catalyze widespread and equitable adoption of rooftop and community solar, to power the equivalent of one in four households across the United States. 

The success of this proposal relies not only on the initial passing of legislation through Congress, but also the subsequent implementation of new programs and regulations. This guide aims to address that step in the process: what implementation should look like, who is responsible for critical decisions, and how those decisions are made. 

Policies and programs included in the 30 Million Solar Homes platform tap into the jurisdictions of several federal agencies. Additionally, many of these agency programs effectively delegate funding and implementation to states, leaving numerous points of intervention for participants or advocates to guide the outcomes. This guide follows the flow of dollars from Congress to federal agencies to states and local jurisdictions to Americans’ homes and communities, explaining (in a simplified manner) where key decisions are made and how Americans can influence the results of the policies passed by their elected officials. Considering the broad scale of the 30 Million Solar Homes proposal, this guide serves as an introduction to the many processes and offices that would be involved in implementation. 

30 Million Solar Homes Implementation Guide contains three main sections: 

  1. General Implementation Considerations
    Part 1 includes important considerations and strategies for the federal government to equitably implement significant new federal clean energy programming, such as the 30 Million Solar Homes policy platform. 
  2. Implementation by Agency and Program 
    Part 2 gives an overview of agencies’ budgetary capacities for growth and a summary of implementation processes for key programs and policies. 
  3. Additional Resources for Stakeholders  
    Part 3 provides information to help advocates, local officials, and other stakeholders engage in the implementation of policies and programs recommended by the 30 Million Solar Homes campaign, including resources on the federal rulemaking process and relevant federal contacts.

Read the 30 Million Solar Homes Implementation Guide here. 


To learn more about the 30 Million Solar Homes platform, visit 

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Katie is a Researcher with ILSR's Energy Democracy initiative, where she researches and writes about equitable and decentralized clean energy and its impact on communities across the country. Before joining the Energy Democracy initiative, she was a Research Associate with the Community Broadband Networks initiative