Community Solar: Lincoln Electric System’s SunShares

– from LES SunShares web link:

The local, community solar project, Lincoln Electric System (LES) SunShares, is an affordable opportunity for all LES customers to be involved in the development of solar-generated energy. The level of LES SunShares participation will influence project size with the highest-value project selected to continue diversifying the LES resource portfolio, while decreasing reliance on fossil fuels.

A 2013 survey indicated many LES customers are interested in, and willing to contribute to, the development of renewable energy resources in and around the LES service area. Results of the survey prompted LES to study the feasibility of a community solar project. LES administrators are evaluating proposals and are authorized to acquire up to 10 megawatts of solar-generated electricity.

Now LES customers can enroll to contribute to LES SunShares and help make a solar farm a reality.

$3-6 donated to SunShares
Receive the LES SunShares updates and invites to exclusive project events.
$7-10 donated to SunShares Receive a decal, public listing + Spark benefits.
Write your own donation. 
If more than $10, receive Sunburst benefits + VIP invite to the ribbon cutting.
Businesses may participate starting at just $3/month.
 Receive a window cling and public recognition. If more than $20, receive the media kit + VIP invite to the ribbon cutting.

There are two ways to enroll: By calling 402-475-4211 or completing the online form at

To download a brochure, click here:

Additional Examples of Utility-Sponsored Community Solar
Lincoln Electric System is among a growing number of publicly owned utilities providing an option for community solar, including:

Sacramento Municipal Utility’s Solar Shares

Video about Sacramento Municipal Utility’s Solar Farm, “Locally-grown Solar Power”:

Salt River Project (SRP), one of Arizona’s largest utilities, Community Solar Program

SRP’s EarthWise Energy builds solar energy projects for nonprofits: