Community solar power is booming. People like it because they can go solar even if they can’t put solar on their own roofs. Utilities like it because they have greater input into the siting and design of a community solar power project as opposed to a residential project. But there’s still a lot for people to learn about the opportunity community solar promises so today (July 1) the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) introduced their Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar.
Just a few years ago there were only a few community solar projects in the US. These projects were usually smaller, under 100 kilowatts. Now there are community solar projects in excess of 2 megawatts, and SEIA stated that there were 91 completed projects across the US and even more than that are being built or in the planning stages. With the growth of an industry that came out of almost nowhere, it’s hard for consumers to know what to expect when learning about a community solar project. The guide will help with that.
"At CCSA, our mission is to help foster 'solar for all' meaning that we want to make it possible for the majority of Americans who don't have access to solar power to directly participate in and benefit from this clean, renewable American resource,” explained Jeff Cramer, executive director of CCSA. "This new consumer guide should help American consumers take the next step towards solar independence and we appreciate SEIA's leadership in developing it."
The guide builds on a quickly expanding library of consumer-friendly guides that SEIA has been introducing to help homeowners, businesses and renters learn more about the opportunities they have for going solar. In this case the guide is dealing with the newest form of distributed solar generation, community solar. As such it explains what community solar is as well as what questions people should ask about a community solar project before signing up and paying for a community solar project.Tweet