Will Chicago be competitive in the community solar market?

By Kevin Stark, Midwest Energy News

“We want it to come here,” said Deborah Stone, chief sustainability officer for Cook County. “Community solar doesn’t all need to go to very remote greenfield sites. We think that these pilot sites will go ahead, and we’ve provided a tool kit we hope will give these urban sites a leg up.”

While some critics question whether a lack of available land makes cities suitable for community solar, K Kaufmann, communications manager for Smart Electric Power Alliance, said that there are successful programs in cities and in small towns and the issue is less about siting and more about how the program is designed and who the customers will be. Click here to read more.

Photo: Solar panels at the Chicago Center for Green Technology by Josh Koonce / Creative Commons

NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY SOLAR INITIATIVE IN LINCOLN

  • Council approves solar energy system for Capitol Beach site, Lincoln Journal Star. The City Council previously changed city codes to allow development of mid-size solar energy conversion systems such as this one. City codes already allowed large systems in industrial and agricultural areas and small systems for individual homeowners in residential areas, but had no rules for mid-size systems.
  • Capitol Beach would have first community solar energy project, Lincoln Journal Star
    The group, which has incorporated as Beach Solar LLC, hopes to have up to 20 Capitol Beach homeowners invest in the solar system, according to Terry Wittler, one of the homeowners involved in the development.

To learn more about this initiative and other types of community solar across Nebraska, save the date and plan to attend NFS’s December 14th Event: “Community Solar,” which board member Leo Arens is organizing.

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