November 1, 2018

Checklist for Voluntary Utility-Led Community Solar Programs

Developed by IREC and Vote Solar, this checklist was developed to help utilities develop effective community solar programs.

This checklist is intended to help guide utility officials and other stakeholders interested in creating new utility-led community solar programs (or those seeking to improve existing programs). Based on established practices and successful program models, this checklist reflects the program design considerations critical to supporting effective community solar programs that appeal to and benefit their customers and communities.

The checklist is organized into seven categories, with priority issues for program design identified within each category. The most important issues for successful programs are indicated with a blue circle. Lastly, although not articulated as a separate item in the checklist, all programs should undergo periodic review to address identified weaknesses and improve the program offering for customers.