Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Thomas Kim

Reader 2

Katie Purvis-Roberts

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What impacts the residential use of solar in the United States? There are many factors including financial barriers to entry and financial incentives. However, what is missing in the current academic conversations is net metering. I focus on net metering policies in two of the most solar capable states, California and Arizona. The main difference between these states is that Arizona revoked its net metering policies in 2016 while California has chosen to keep net metering policies into the future. This thesis suggests that net metering is important because it in some way effects the decisions of utilities, solar companies, and residents and therefore should be more focused on in academia.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.