Integrating Community Solar PV into Green Power Programs

Utility-run community solar programs are a key way to integrate solar PV into utility green power programs while addressing utility ratemaking concerns. In addition, these programs are important for meeting demand for PV from all utility customers, particularly those whose residences are shaded, live in apartment complexes, or are otherwise unable to invest in a rooftop solar installation. This case study looks in detail at the community solar program run by the Salt River Project (SRP), the third-largest public power utility in the United States. The case study looks closely at why SRP decided on community solar, how the program works for SRP and its customers, its performance thus far, and ways that SRP staff are looking to broaden the program’s appeal.