By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica
Scores of community solar programs are already up and running in the US, but until recently subscribers typically had to pay a premium over the regular utility rate to get their hands on all those clean electrons. The good news is that clean power rates don’t necessarily have to go up. In today’s energy landscape, rates could very well go down — if the program is designed and marketed properly. Continue reading here.
EPA photo of a community solar farm on a former landfill.
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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