Expanding Solar Access Through Utility-led Community Solar

Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), September 2014

The average community solar program has 213 participants purchasing power from a 1-megawatt system which is 71% subscribed.

Utilities across the United States are taking a leading role in the spread of community solar projects aimed at expanding access to clean power for customers who, for a variety of reasons, may not want or be able to install solar panels on their roofs.

In the past 18 months alone, the number of community solar projects in the U.S. jumped 64 percent, according to figures from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), which has been tracking the growth of these projects since 2012. Community solar programs initiated by utilities constitute 87 percent of the projects now online.


The complete report can be purchased at SEPA’s website: www.solarelectricpower.org