Community Solar News is your source for news, features and analysis of the community solar industry.
In 2010, Colorado passed the Community Solar Gardens Act, the first community solar legislation in the United States, shining a light on the potential for small-scale solar facilities to provide renewable energy and bill savings to residents and businesses who subscribe. Since then, a growing number of states nationwide – twenty plus the District of Columbia – have established community solar programs.
This growth has made community solar the fastest-growing segment in the solar industry. Community solar currently accounts for more than 2.62 GW of total installed capacity as of June 2020 and, according to some projections, the market could sustainably scale up to 70 times that size by 2030, adding more than eight million new solar customers.
Community solar works when subscribers receive credits on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced through local solar facilities. This clean energy business model is often called “solar for all” because it’s available to homeowners, renters and businesses, including low-to-moderate income customers. In fact, community solar provides equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation while at the same time building a stronger, distributed and more resilient electric grid.
At Community Solar News, we will track the progress of this fast-growing industry and share more than just national and state trends, policies, campaigns and research; well tell the stories behind the meteoric rise of community solar.
At Community Solar News, we will track the progress of this fast-growing industry and share more than just national and state trends, policies, campaigns and research; well tell the stories behind the meteoric rise of community solar. You’ll hear from politicians like Liz Stefanics, the Democratic Senator trying to pass a community solar bill in New Mexico; David Shaffer, the executive director of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association about the economic impact solar gardens have had in the North Star State; and Erica Mackie, the cofounder and CEO of the nonprofit GRID Alternatives about efforts to increase access to community solar in low-to moderate-income communities.
While there are a number of news sites dedicated to reporting on renewables and even solar, Community Solar News is the first site dedicated to exclusively covering the latest news and information about community solar.
We will bring together readers from across the country and around the world to better understand what’s fueling this sector’s growth and what a clean energy future powered by community solar looks like. So pull up chair, take a look around, and join the conversation.