As community solar projects keep popping up across the US as an alternative to rooftop solar and dirty electricity from the grid. In fact, so many are popping up, people might not even know if they’re eligible to join a nearby project.
The new marketplace comes as community solar continues on its strong growth trend. Such projects are often viewed more favorably than rooftop solar by utilities because they can help site them and the energy from a solar farm is less expensive than from a solar rooftop. In fact, a recent report found that half of the distributed solar power in the US could be from community solar projects by 2020.
"EnergySage is helping to bring our inclusive Community Solar program to both renters and homeowners in all 50 states,” said Kiran Bhatraju, co-founder and CEO of Arcadia Power. Arcadia Power is a solar developer that recently launched an online community solar platform, allowing people to participate in some community solar projects even if they’re in different states. “The EnergySage Community Solar Marketplace is a perfect channel to help facilitate the increasing demand for community solar across the country."
Now, EnergySage has launched a new community solar marketplace aimed at helping connect people and businesses with local community solar projects. The marketplace aggregates data about available options and attempts to standardize project information, allowing homeowners and renters to learn about their options.
“Until now, this fragmented industry was very difficult for consumers to navigate and for community solar providers to acquire customers in,” said Vikram Aggarwal, CEO of EnergySage. “We’re proud to be taking the lead in helping people who cannot or prefer not to install solar panels on their property find community solar projects near them.”
The company already is working with community solar project developers including Arcadia Power, BlueWave, Clean Energy Choice, SunShare, and Syncarpha, the company said. It’s also working with other project developers to include them in its marketplace.
Consumers can search for community solar projects in 43 states and Washington, DC. People interested in community solar where it’s not yet offered can also sign and be alerted when a project becomes available.