community solar

Community Solar: PV for the Rest of Us

October 2, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Community Solar and Local Energy

More and more, across the U.S., consumers want access to solar energy. However, only 13.5% of homes have rooftops suitable for solar. In what many are hailing as the solution - community solar - the remaining 86.5% of households could benefit from solar power as if the panels were installed on their homes.[read more]

Dominion to Offer Community Solar, Minus the Community and the Solar

September 10, 2015 by Ivy Main

Domnion and Solar Offerings

Dominion Virginia Power has a new scheme to extract money from customers who want to buy solar, without actually selling them solar. The solar hopefuls are to be bilked of extra payments on their utility bills by the promise of having their drab fossil electricity turned into golden sunlight-powered electrons.[read more]

Is Community Solar Coming to Maryland?

April 4, 2015 by Sol Systems

State Community Solar Adoption

Although renters or homeowners with shaded roofs may be ineligible to “go solar” themselves, they have to option of subscribing to a share of a community solar energy project so that a portion of their electric bill still comes from clean, solar energy.[read more]

Sometimes it Takes a Community to Go Solar

March 8, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Community Solar


You don’t have a south-facing roof. You have too many trees in your yard. You may not be committed to staying in your house for the next ten to fifteen years. Or maybe you rent, or don’t have the upfront money to install. These may be some of the reasons why you can’t go solar. You are not alone.[read more]

Let's Talk About Solar Energy and Equity

February 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Solar and Energy Equity

We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S.[read more]

Preserve the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit II Program

February 24, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Credits are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it’s time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state’s commitment to a sustainable economic future.[read more]

How Community Solar Can Increase Customer Access to Distributed Solar PV

February 16, 2015 by Mathias Bell

What happens when you really want solar but the obstacles seem too great? You may not have a suitable space. Or there may be a tree blocking your roof. Or you live in a condominium where you don’t have your own roof. This is where approaches for increasing customer access, such as shared solar, come in.[read more]

First Solar Jumps Into Financing Residential PV With Investment in CEC's Community Solar

December 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar Residential PV Investment

First Solar just entered the U.S. residential solar market by becoming the largest single investor in Clean Energy Collective's community solar business. Clean Energy Collective (CEC) builds and sells community solar projects to residential and small business customers on behalf of utilities.[read more]

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

July 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley."[read more]

Only Two US Community Solar Developers Have Finished More Than One Project. Why?

July 15, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Community Solar Projects

Community solar is the idea that people who don’t happen to have rooftops suited for solar panels ought to be able to invest in solar panels someplace else. It’s a tempting concept, because roughly three-quarters of Americans don’t have solar-friendly rooftops.[read more]

Virtual Net Metering and the Future of Community Solar Energy

January 10, 2014 by Jeremy Gottlieb

Community solar is gaining momentum across the United States, making solar energy available to more people than ever before. One of the keys to facilitating shared solar is policy. An interesting facet of policy is what it enables people to do within a given state.[read more]

Solar Energy Crowdfunding's Lessons Learned

August 23, 2013 by Justin Guay

Crowdfunding Solar

We have two broken systems, energy and finance. supporting a coal fired centralized grid that never reaches the poor while driving climate change. That means 1.3 billion around the world won't escape the dark, and we'll fry the climate, unless we disrupt these systems.[read more]

Solar Energy Friendly Communities Help Mitigate Soft Costs

July 30, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Despite the solar industry's best efforts, solar power remains unavailable to hundreds of communities across the country. The simple question is: Why? The answer lies in two words: soft costs, including permitting, inspection, connection, and other indirect costs.[read more]

How to Cook Up a Community Solar Energy Project

June 29, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

What does it take to cook up a community solar project? A dash of crowdfunding, a pinch of grassroots outreach, and a generous helping of persistence. That’s the word from San Francisco nonprofits RE-volv and Everybody Solar.[read more]


Community Power Gains Momentum

July 11, 2011 by Rosana Francescato

You may or may not have noticed, but a grassroots movement in community power is picking up speed around the country. What's community power, you may ask, and why does it matter?The community power movement aims to decentralize electricity generation, which provides benefits to communities beyond local, clean, and more...[read more]