With almost 7,000 residential and commercial customers and nearly 100 MW of community solar power from projects already online or in stages of advanced development, Colorado-based community solar provider, SunShare, announced a rollout of services to help speed the adoption of community solar. These managed packages allow utilities to bundle and choose the community solar services to meet their specific needs. SunShare’s in-house team of developers, construction experts and engineers will work directly with utility companies, local governments and financiers to efficiently provide solar power options.
Locally producing community solar farms are beginning to transform the solar energy industry. According to a recent report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that nearly half of US households and businesses have limited access to the growing solar power market potential because of factors like being renters instead of homeowners or they have lacked sufficient land or rooftop space to install solar panel arrays. With community solar farms like those offered by SunShare, customers can own part of a solar farm or purchase power from the farm, which delivered through the electric grid. The power produced by their portion of the farm is credited on their electric bill, offsetting their use of traditional utility-produced electricity.
“Community solar is growing exponentially, and we are very excited to help other entities thrive in the space. SunShare understands first-hand the complexity that accompanies community solar and the expertise and dedication it takes to get a successful community solar project up and running,” said David Amster-Olszewski, CEO of SunShare.
One element of SunShare’s rollout is the launch of an online customer service platform of proprietary software that will enable customers to track invoicing, bill credit reconciliation and production output. “We are very excited to offer our customer and asset management software as a standalone service or part of the full service for development solutions. We believe SunShare can add significant value for our future partners as they pursue community solar initiatives,” said Al King, chief operations officer for SunShare.
If the benefits of a community solar farm aren’t alluring alone, their social impact can affect how power producers seek to provide energy options to low-income customers. For instance, Clean Energy Collective recently partnered with Alpine Bank and Family & Intercultural Resource Center in Summit County, CO, to purchase and donate 25 kilowatts of community solar power to households in need of assistance. Like SunShare, Clean Energy Collective has aggressively sought to expand community solar projects in Colorado and Massachusetts by making solar power available to offset the rising costs and environmental impact of traditionally produced electricity.Tweet