Resources

Community Solar

This section includes information and resources on community solar programs.

BARC Electric Co-Op: Community Solar Leader in Virginia

BARC, Electric Cooperative, is a customer-owned utility that will soon deploy the first community solar project in the commonwealth.

While serving approximately 30,000 members residents in 5 Virginia counties, the small co-op wants to help customers gain access to solar through community solar program.
BARC received the SolarOPs technical assistance, through SEPA, in the form of advisory services for program costs and procurement.
With SEPA’s assistance, the cooperative successfully received a $500,000 grant, with 50% matching by BARC, for the estimated 300-350 kW community solar program.

Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation’s McKees Solar Park Community Solar Program

The Delaware Municipal Electric Corp. (DEMEC)―a joint action agency serving nine member municipalities―has influenced more than half of Delaware’s 58 MW solar capacity to be located within its member service territories. The newest in the City of Newark, the 23MW McKees Solar Park, is a community solar project deployed by DEMEC with the help of Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) technical assistance.

Solar Roadmap: Your Path to Prosperity

Navigating the rapidly evolving solar energy market can be a challenge and charting the right course for a community requires both local and national knowledge. The Solar Roadmap platform, and its free resources, organize global best practices and make them easily accessible locally for government agencies, regional organizations, businesses and electric utilities. Learn how the Read More »

Solar Powering Your Community: Jackson, MS

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Jackson region on August 5, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more >>

Solar for Economic Development Toolkit

Most people are familiar with solar energy’s environmental benefits, but solar energy adoption also presents numerous economic and community development opportunities. Solar expands local markets, reduces electricity costs, improves business competitiveness, and increases property values. It leads to short term jobs in construction, installation, and site development as well as long term positions in facility Read More »

Solar Case Study: Berea, KY

This case study focuses on how Berea, Kentucky was able to build a solar farm in their community through community support. Solar Case Study: Berea, KY Click for full resource.

Community Shared Solar: Expansions Underway in Solar America Communities

Community shared solar is expanding rapidly as a model ownership structure for solar PV. By offering customers an option to purchase or lease part of a larger solar array instead of having to purchase the entire system, the model greatly expands participatory opportunities to a large new market segment of citizens and customers, with very low or no cost to local government. This report provides an overview of the status of community shared solar projects in Solar America Communities as of September, 2014, as well as some of the differences and similarities between the creation and structure of these programs.

Community Renewables Model Program Rules

Over the course of the last year, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has worked closely with The Vote Solar Initiative to develop model program rules for community-scale renewables that consider many of the basic issues facing community renewables programs.  IREC’s model program rules address such issues as renewable system size, interconnection, eligibility for participation, Read More »

Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs

Revised in collaboration with The Vote Solar Initiative, the model rules were updated to assist stakeholders in developing shared renewables programs to broaden renewable energy access to more consumers. In addition, IREC updated its guiding principles for shared renewable energy programs to illustrate better these programs’ critical aspects. Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs Click for full Read More »

Bringing Down the Cost of Solar Through Community Shared Solar Programs

Community shared solar gives renters, schools and public buildings access to solar that would otherwise be unable to install solar on their property.  It is simple for customers to participate and solves financing issues for solar developers. Bringing Down the Cost of Solar Through Community Shared Solar Click for full resource.

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