State Policy Description

South Dakota - Distributed Generation / Solar Carve-out


While renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) specify a percentage of utility sales or a specific megawatt hour (MWh) capacity to be provided by renewable energy resources by a specific date, sometimes these standards do not advance distributed or customer-sited renewable resources (e.g. distributed solar). As a result, many states promote distributed resources through ‘carve-outs’ and / or ‘multipliers’. Carve-outs require that a certain percentage of the generation used to meet the RPS come from distributed generation (DG). Multipliers promote investment in DG by increasing the resource’s value for meeting an RPS. For more information, see the full policy brief.

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