A Guide To Community Solar:Utility, Private, and Non-profit Project Development


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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After having received many questions about Community Solar program as a result of our June 17, 2013 post, I’ve searched and found a very informative report, A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-profit Project Development . This report was developed for the NREL (National Renewable Energy Lab) by Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, Keyes and Fox, Stoel Rives, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. This Guide builds on the research and writing from the Northwest Community Solar Guide, published by Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Northwest SEED. It was made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Communities program. To learn more, please visit: www.solaramericacommunities.energy.gov .

People are looking for alternative energy sources in communities across America, for various reasons: to increase energy independence, to hedge against rising fuel costs, to cut carbon emissions, and to provide local jobs. They are looking to community scale renewable energy projects for solutions. Advances in solar technology and lowering of its cost, increase in federal and state tax incentives, and creative new financing models have made solar projects such as community solar projects more economically feasible.

I welcome you to click on and use A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-profit Project Development . The information in this guide is organized around three sponsorship models: utility-sponsored projects, projects sponsored by special purpose entities (businesses formed for the purpose of producing community solar power), and non-profit sponsored projects. This guide addresses issues common to all project models as well as issues unique to each model.

If you are interested in starting a community solar program/farm in your community and have any questions after viewing this guide, then I’d recommend that you consider signing up for the upcoming webinars that will be presented by SEPA and sponsored by Clean Energy Collective. Details regarding registration for these webinars (June 27, 2013 & July 11, 2013) is available at our June 17, 2013 post.

Webinars are very user-friendly. If you have never participated in any webinars in the past, I have embedded an example of a webinar  “Community Solar 101” below for you to become familiar with how webinars may be presented and operated, below:

Yes, together, we can! Let’s find a way to combine our effort to GO SOLAR!
To find out more about your federal and state solar incentives available (of USA), please click on DSIRE SOLAR.
~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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