Utilities are motivated to establish community solar for a number of reasons, including rising customer demand for renewable energy, providing economic benefits to low- to moderate-income (LMI) customers and underserved communities, and diversifying the energy resource mix, among others.
Nationwide, over 220 utilities offer voluntary community solar programs across 36 states, yet the majority of these programs charge customers a premium for their subscriptions.
This checklist, developed in partnership with Vote Solar, can help drive innovative implementation strategies that ensure more customers can access and benefit from community solar, including those that have not traditionally benefited from on-site solar programs. November 2018
New National Tools for Shared Renewables Program Design & Evaluation, a webinar on the Voluntary Community Solar Program Checklist and other shared renewables tools, including IREC’s National Shared Renewables Scorecard and Shared Renewables Policy Catalog. Hosted by IREC and VoteSolar (11/28/18). Download the slides [PDF].